Odisha will soon begin to get a second Vande Bharat Express, according to Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. He demonstrated the government’s commitment to enhancing rail connectivity in the state. In addition, the telecom department has set up Rs 5,600 million to improve connectivity in Odisha.
During the Howrah-Puri Vande Bharat Express flag-off ceremony, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced that the upcoming train would run along the Puri-Bhubaneswar-Cuttack-Angul-Rourkela route. This extension aims to improve connectivity and provide more effective transport options for travelers passing through these significant Odisha cities.
Furthermore, he made a statement that there are plans to launch the Vande metro service and Vande sleeper as well. “After Vande Bharat, Vande Sleeper will be introduced, and subsequently Vande Metro will be launched.”
First Vande Bharat Of Odisha
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the much-anticipated Vande Bharat Express (22895/22896) between Puri and Howrah through video conference.
This technologically modern railway, recognized for its speed and comfort, will now link these two major cities, offering passengers with a comfortable and efficient mode of transit. The ceremony represented an important milestone in improving rail connectivity and boosting modernization in the region.
Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw urged the Odisha government to join them in their efforts to bring the state to the forefront of the nation. He sought governmental aid in various areas, including land acquisition, law enforcement, and getting necessary forest department approvals for planned projects. Furthermore, officials stated that the Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express, which would have 16 carriages, will begin operation on May 20. This high-speed train will traverse 500 kilometers in around six and a half hours, providing passengers with a quick and effective mode of transportation.
Odisha Vande Bharat Stops
In addition, the Vande Bharat Express service between Puri and Howrah would be available six days a week, excluding Thursdays, providing passengers with a convenient mode of transportation. The train would stop at seven stations, including Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur Keonjhar Road, Bhadrak, Balasore, and Kharagpur, for two minutes each.
According to officials, the fare for an AC chair car is Rs 1,265, which includes a Rs 162 catering charge. The ticket for an executive chair car is Rs 2,420, which includes a Rs 195 food charge. Passengers who select the no-food option will not be charged the catering fee. These ticket alternatives give passengers options based on their preferences.
To conclude, the launch of Vande Bharat Express is a key step in modernizing India’s railway network. It aims at providing passengers with a faster, safer, and more enjoyable travel experience. Its popularity stems from its speed, efficiency, and cutting-edge design.