Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the nation’s sixth semi-high-speed Vande Bharat train, which will run on the Bilaspur (Chattisgarh)-Nagpur (Maharashtra) line on December 11.
The train will operate six days a week, and one leg of the trip will take around five and a half hours to complete.
The official announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would inaugurate the Bilaspur-Nagpur Vande Bharat train on Sunday, December 11.
“This train will leave Bilaspur at around 6.45am and reach Nagpur at around 12.15pm. Similarly, the train will leave Nagpur at 2pm to reach Bilaspur at 7.35pm. Currently superfast trains take around seven hours to reach Nagpur, however this train will cover the distance in around five-and-a-half hours,” said the official.
According to a second official familiar with the matter, the train will be operated by the Southeast Central Railways (SECR) and will have scheduled stops at Raipur, Durg and Gondia.
The official also said that another Vande Bharat train is likely to be launched between Secunderabad and Vijayawada in 2023. “This will be the first indigenously-built semi high-speed rail in South Central Railway (SCR) and second such train in south India,” the official added.
A new-generation Vande Bharat train was first inaugurated on the Mumbai- Ahmedabad route in October this year. The Railways aims to inaugurate 75 Vande Bharat trains by August next year.
All the coaches of the semi-high-speed train are equipped with automatic doors, GPS-based audio-visual passenger information system, onboard hotspot Wi-Fi for entertainment purposes, and comfortable seats.
However, the first Vande Bharat Express train was flagged off on the New Delhi- Kanpur- Allahabad-Varanasi route on February 15, 2019.