Challenge To Start 75 Trains By 15th August By Halving Number Of Coaches Of Vande Bharat Express

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Delhi, 1st April 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ set a goal that 75 Vande Bharat Express will run across the country by August 15, 2023. Now the struggle of railways has started to fulfill the target set by Modi.

As of 1st April 2023, 11 Vande Bharat Express are running in the country. It is simply impossible to produce 64 Vande Bharat Express of 16 coaches in the remaining 136 days. Therefore, instead of 16 coaches, the Railway Ministry decided to start the Vande Bharat Express with eight coaches. This will enable two Vande Bharat Expresses to run. As a result, it will be easier to achieve the target of starting 75 Vande Bharat Express.

Vande Bharat Express coaches are currently manufactured in the country only at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai. Coaches are also planned to be manufactured at Modern Coach Factory (MCF) and RCF (Rail Coach Factory). But the production of bins has not started there yet.

Three train sets of 16 coaches are manufactured at ICF per month. Assuming three trains a month, about 12 Vande Bharat Expresses of 16 coaches will be produced in 136 days. 24 Vande Bharat Express will run if eight coaches train were made. However, that number is still less than the target. Therefore, the Ministry of Railways is now rushing to start the eight-coach Vande Bharat Express from other factories.

Eight-Coach Train Will Include:

2- Driving coach (driver and guard cabin)

5- Chair car coach

1 – Executive coach

11 Routes Where The Train Runs:

1. Varanasi-New Delhi (First ‘Vande Bharat’ launch

in the country – 15 February 2019)

2. New Delhi-Katra

3. Mumbai Central-Gandhinagar

4. New Delhi-Amb Adora

5. Chennai-Mysore

6. Bilaspur-Nagpur

7. Howrah-Jalpaiguri

8. Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam

9. Mumbai-Solapur

10. Mumbai-Shirdi

11. Bhopal-New Delhi (started on 1 April 2023)

G Venkatesan, Public Relations Officer, ICF (Chennai) said, “Production of eight coach Vande Bharat Express has started as per the order of Railway Board. An eight-coach train has also been prepared and will soon run between Chennai-Coimbatore.”

Sudhanshu Mani, Creator of Vande Bharat Express, and retired General Manager, ICF (Chennai) said, “If the passenger response is low, then this decision is correct. But if this is being done to make two trains to meet the target, then it is not right. This is likely to cause inconvenience to passengers.”