New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off Vande Bharat Express train connecting Secunderabad to Visakhapatnam today at 10:30 am via video conferencing. With this the total number of Vande Bharat Express trains introduced by Indian Railways will reach eight, while being the first one to connect the two Telugu speaking states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
The train will cover a distance of 700 kilometres and will have stoppages at Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada stations in Andhra Pradesh and at Khammam, Warangal and Secunderabad stations in Telangana.
The indigenously designed train set of Vande Bharat Express is equipped with state-of-the-art passenger amenities and will provide faster, comfortable and convenient travel experience to the rail users, said the Prime Minister’s Office in a statement.
Last month, PM Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express connecting Howrah to New Jalpaiguri. He participated in the event through video conferencing after performing the last rites of her mother, Heeraben Modi who passed away the same morning.
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In November last year, the Prime Minister flagged off Vande Bharat Express and Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan Train at KSR railway station during his visit to Bengaluru.
The first Vande Bharat Express train was flagged off on the New Delhi-Kanpur-Allahabad-Varanasi route on February 15, 2019. The Vande Bharat Express can run up to a maximum commercial speed of 160 kmph. Currently, the train on Secunderabad-Vijayawada track via Kazipet can run at a maximum speed of 130 kmph.
The Vande Bharat Express has travel classes like Shatabdi Train, but with a better travel experience for passengers. Each Vande Bharat has a total seating capacity of 1,128 passengers with all coaches equipped with automatic doors; a GPS-based audio-visual passenger information system, onboard hotspot Wi-Fi for entertainment purposes, and comfortable seating.
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