NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi flagged off the inaugural run of the new Vande Bharat Express from Amb Andaura, Una to New Delhi, today. The Prime Minister inspected the train coaches of the Vande Bharat Express and took stock of the onboard facilities. Modi also inspected the control centre of the locomotive engine of Vande Bharat Express. He also inspected Una railway station.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, Union Minister of Railways, Ashvini Vaishnaw and Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Anurag Singh Thakur when he arrived at Amb Andaura Railway Station in Una district of Himachal Pradesh.
नई रफ्तार से आगे बढ़ रहा है नया भारत।
PM @narendramodi Ji flagged off the 4th #VandeBharat train from Una, Himachal Pradesh to New Delhi. pic.twitter.com/WeyogfSHt8
— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) October 13, 2022
The introduction of the train will help boost tourism in the region and provide a comfortable and faster mode of travel. The travel time from Una to New Delhi will be reduced by two hours. Running from Amb Andaura to New Delhi, it will be the fourth Vande Bharat train to be introduced in the country and is an advanced version compared to the earlier ones, being much lighter and capable of reaching higher speeds in a shorter duration. Vande Bharat 2.0 is equipped with more advancements and improved features such as reaching a speed of 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just 52 seconds, and a maximum speed of up to 180 kilometres per hour.
हिमाचल प्रदेश के लोगों को वंदे भारत ट्रेन की सौगात!
माननीय प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी द्वारा अम्ब-अन्दौरा-नई दिल्ली वंदे भारत ट्रेन को ऊना हिमाचल स्टेशन से हरी झंडी दिखाई गई। इस ट्रेन के संचालन से राज्य में आर्थिक व व्यापारिक गतिविधियों को मिलेगा बढ़ावा।#VandeBharat pic.twitter.com/xIZ8Abs0Um
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) October 13, 2022
The improved Vande Bharat Express will weigh 392 tons when compared to the previous version of 430 tons. It will also have a Wi-Fi content on-demand facility. Every coach has 32” screens providing passenger information and infotainment compared to 24” in the previous version.
Vande Bharat Express will also be environmentally friendly as the ACs will be 15 per cent more energy efficient. With dust-free clean air cooling of the traction motor, travel will become more comfortable. A side recliner seat facility provided only to Executive Class passengers earlier will now be made available for all classes. Executive Coaches have the added feature of 180-degree rotating seats
In the new design of Vande Bharat Express, a photo-catalytic ultraviolet air purification system is installed in the Roof-Mounted Package Unit (RMPU) for air purification. As recommended by Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, this system is designed and installed on both ends of RMPU to filter and clean the air free from germs, bacteria, viruses etc. coming through fresh air and return air.
The Vande Bharat Express 2.0 offers a myriad of superior and aircraft-like travelling experiences. It is equipped with advanced state-of-the-art safety features including an indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System – KAVACH.