Shah flags off Vande Bharat, ‘PM’s gift to peo­ple of J&K’

‘State Will Be Among Best In 10 Years’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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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De­sign speed

180kmph

Cur­rent speed

130kmph

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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