PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi will flag off India’s first semi-high speed trainset Train 18, titled the Vande Bharat Express, on Friday at New Delhi railway station.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and members of the Railway Board will be on board the train on its inaugural journey, a statement from the PMO said.
The train will travel from Delhi to Varanasi in nine hours and forty-five minutes on the maiden run.
This includes stoppage time of 40 minutes each at Kanpur and Allahabad where there will be special programmes.
At the New Delhi railway station, Modi will inspect the facilities in the train and address a gathering.
The Vande Bharat Express can run up to a maximum speed of 180 kmph and has travel classes like the Shatabdi trains but with better facilities.
It has 16 air-conditioned coaches of which two are executive class. The total seating capacity is 1,128 passengers. It is much more than the conventional Shatabdi rakes of equal number of coaches, thanks to shifting of all electric equipment below the coaches and seats in the driving coach also.