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Amit Shah flags off New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express

The first commercial run of the New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will be on October 5.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2019 1:23:49 pm
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah Thursday flagged off the Vande Bharat Express which will ply between New Delhi and Katra, Jammu and Kashmir. The first commercial run of the New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will be on October 5, with bookings already open on the IRCTC website.

“I want to extend my heartiest congratulations to the entire Railway Department working under the leadership of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. You have given a huge gift to Jammu and Kashmir on the auspicious occasion of Navratri today,” Shah said.

“Before the abrogation of Article 370, there were many obstacles in J&K’s path to development. In the next 10 years, J&K will be one of the most developed states. The journey of development has begun with Vande Bharat Express set to boost tourism in the state,” he added.

Vande Bharat Express, Vande Bharat New Delhi-Katra Express, Amit Shah to flag off Vande Bharat, New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express, India news, Indian Express “I want to extend my heartiest congratulations to the entire Railway Department working under the leadership of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal,” Shah said. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hailed the flagging-off of the Vande Bharat express and said that it was a “Navratri gift” to all the people of Jammu.

Speaking at the occasion, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said, “Railways will connect the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari before 15th August 2022.”

The train will bring down the travel time between Delhi and Katra to eight hours from the current 12 hours.

Vande Bharat Express, Vande Bharat New Delhi-Katra Express, Amit Shah to flag off Vande Bharat, New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express, India news, Indian Express The train will bring down the travel time between Delhi and Katra to eight hours from the current 12 hours. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

Just like the service that runs between New Delhi and Varanasi, the railways has not applied the dynamic fare principle on the new Vande Bharat train for Delhi-Katra.

The minimum fare for travelling between New Delhi (NDLS) to Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (SVDK) will be Rs 1,630 and the maximum will be Rs 3,015, with the train running on all days of the week except Tuesdays.

Train number 22439 New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will depart from the New Delhi railway station at 6 am to reach Katra at 2 pm.

Vande Bharat Express, Vande Bharat New Delhi-Katra Express, Amit Shah to flag off Vande Bharat, New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express, India news, Indian Express En route, the train will halt at Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi for two minutes each. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

On the return journey the same day, train number 22440 Katra-New Delhi Vande Bharat Express will leave from the Katra railway station at 3 pm to reach the New Delhi railway station at 11 pm.

En route, the train will halt at Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi for two minutes each.

The first Vande Bharat Express was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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