Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Rajasthan’s first Vande Bharat Express train via video conferencing, which is the 15th such train in the country. The prime minister emphasized that the Vande Bharat Express symbolizes development, modernity, self-reliance, and stability, enriching the spirit of ‘India First, Always First’. He also mentioned that the train will greatly benefit Rajasthan’s tourism industry.
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Significance of this development:
Modi highlighted that this was the sixth Vande Bharat Express launched in the past two months, and that in the past, the modernization of the railways had been hindered by selfish and corrupt politics. Large-scale corruption had prevented the railways from developing and had made the selection process non-transparent, he added.
Route and timing of this Vande Bharat train:
The regular service of the Vande Bharat train will begin on April 13, and it will operate between Ajmer and Delhi Cantonment with stops in Jaipur, Alwar, and Gurgugram.
The fact that it will cover the distance between Delhi Cantonment and Ajmer in five hours and 15 minutes is impressive. Moreover, the Ajmer-Delhi Cantonment Vande Bharat Express is also the world’s first semi-high speed passenger train to operate on high rise overhead electric (OHE) territory, which is a significant achievement.