Shah flags off Vande Bharat, ‘PM’s gift to people of J&K’
‘State Will Be Among Best In 10 Years’
New Delhi: J&K would be one of the most developed regions in the next 10 years, Union home minister Amit Shah claimed on Thursday while flagging off the second Vande Bharat Express train connecting Delhi with the Vaishno Devi shrine. Shah said the process of development has begun with the inauguration of the semi-highspeed train.
Addressing a public meeting before flagging off the train, he termed it as a completely “swadeshi” product made by Indians and in India. He was accompanied by railway minister Piyush Goyal, health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and junior minister for the PMO, Jitendra Singh.
Shah also used the occasion to laud the Centre’s move to revoke Art 370. “Every Indian had a feeling that 370 should go. The Modi government did it. I am confident this will change the mindset of terroris➤ Automatic doors, GPSbased audio-visual passenger information system, onboard hotspot & Wi-Fi
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ts... a beginning has been made with the flagging off of Vande Bharat. It is a big gift from PM Modi to people of J&K by bringing development in the state and giving a boost to religious tourism,” he added.
Shah said there is “no village in the country” that’s not related to Vaishno Devi and every citizen wants to visit the shrine at least once.
Vande Bharat will cover
➤ the Delhi-Katra stretch in 8 hours compared to12 hours taken by other trains over the same distance. It will depart New Delhi station at 6am to reach Katra at 2 pm, with halts at Ambala Cantonment, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi for 2 minutes each. On the return journey the same day, it will leave Katra at 3pm and reach New Delhi at 11pm. It will run daily except on Tuesdays.
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