3 Versions of Vande Bharat Trains for Feb-March Next Year: Ashwini Vaishnaw | Indian News – India Times
These indigenous semi-high-speed trains, which are preparing to replace shatabdis, Rajdhanis and local trains, are manufactured at the Integrated Coach Factory in Chennai.
In an interview with PTI, the minister said that in the next three to four years, the railway tracks will be upgraded to accommodate the maximum speed of 160 km/h of Vande Bharat trains.
“There are three formats of Vande Bharat. Vande Metro for less than 100 kilometers, Vande Chair Car for 100-550 kilometers and Vande sleepers for a trip of more than 550 kilometers. These three formats will be ready by February-March (next year),” Vaishnaw said after the launch of a Vande Bharat train from Dehradun in Uttarakhand to Anand Vihar terminal railway station in Delhi.
The Delhi-Dehradun Vande Bharat express was flagged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Equipped with state-of-the-art passenger amenities, the first train of its kind for Uttarakhand cuts the journey time between the state capital Dehradun and the national capital to four and a half hours from the six hours and 10 minutes it took for the Dehradun-New Delhi Shatabdi Express railway station.
Vaishnaw said that all states will have a Vande Bharat train by mid-June. The production of these trains is being speeded up, said the minister.
“Every eighth or ninth day, a new train leaves the factory. Work will start at two more factories. We will have a new train leave these factories once their supply chain stabilizes,” Vaishnaw said.
Vande Bharat trains are designed with a maximum speed of 160 km/h, but will run at a speed of up to 130 km/h depending on track capacity.
“Old tracks were designed to handle speeds between 70 and 80 km/h. 30,000 to 35,000 kilometers of tracks are being upgraded to handle speeds of 110 km/h, 130 km/h and 160 km/h. It will be done in the next three to four years,” Vaishnaw said. saying.
The minister said that the railways are working quickly on rail connectivity projects for the border areas. Steps are also being taken to provide 4G-5G services to train passengers, Vaishnaw said.
The minister said that the railways are rapidly installing 4G-5G towers. In many places they have been installed and work is ongoing, he said.