PM Narendra Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express

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New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express on Friday, dedicating it to the martyrs of Thursday’s Pulwama attack.

The Vande Bharat Express train will run between New Delhi and Varanasi via Kanpur and Allahabad. It will cover the distance between New Delhi and Varanasi in eight hours and will run on all days except Mondays and Thursdays.

Prime Minister also inspected the facilities in the train. Vande Bharat Express will run up to a maximum speed of 160 kilometers per hour and will provide a totally new travel experience to passengers. Speed, Safety and Service are the hallmarks of this train.

The train has 16 air-conditioned coaches of which two are executive class coaches. The total seating capacity is one thousand and 128 passengers. From Delhi to Varanasi, an air-conditioned chair car ticket will cost Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 760 and the executive class fare will be Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 310.

All coaches are equipped with automatic doors, GPS based audio-visual passenger information system, on-board hotspot Wi-Fi for entertainment purposes and comfortable seating.

Every coach has a pantry with facility to serve hot meals and cold beverages. The train has been designed and built in India and has regenerative braking system in the coaches which can save up to 30 per cent of electrical energy.

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