The first Vande Bharat Express will be handed over to South India on November 11. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off Vande Bharat on Friday. The high-speed train will cover the 504 kilometres distance between the two cities in around six and a half hours.
New Delhi: Indian Railways on Monday started trial run of Chennai-Mysore Vande Bharat Express from MG Ramachandran Central Railway Station in Chennai. PM Modi will flag off the Chennai-Mysore Vande Bharat Express train on November 11, which is the first indigenously built in the southern part of India and the fifth high-speed rail in the country. Prime Minister Modi flagged off the first Vande Bharat Express train on the New Delhi-Kanpur-Allahabad-Varanasi route on February 15, 2019.
The train is expected to reach Mysuru at 12:30 pm, covering the 504 kilometres distance between the two cities in around six and a half hours.
Additional Divisional Railway Manager in Chennai Ananth Rupanagudi on Sunday tweeted a video of the train entering the Chennai railway jurisdiction and said, “so finally the good news is here. The Vande Bharat Train rolls into the jurisdiction of the Chennai division for tomorrow’s trial run up to Mysuru!”
— Ananth Rupanagudi (@Ananth_IRAS) November 6, 2022
On 15 August 2021, in his address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Modi had announced that 75 Vande Bharat trains would connect every corner of the country during the 75 weeks of the Amrit Festival of Independence. According to the information received, Vande Bharat Express can run up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph and has coaches like Shatabdi train.
All coaches are equipped with automatic doors. There is also a GPS based audio-visual passenger information system, onboard hotspot Wi-Fi for entertainment purposes and comfortable revolving chairs.
The train will also have touch-free facilities with bio-vacuum toilets. Each coach has a pantry with facilities for serving hot food and hot and cold drinks. Each Vande Bharat Express has a total seating capacity of 1,128 passengers. Each coach has four emergency windows. Instead of the first two, there will be four platform side cameras including rearview cameras on the outside of the coach. There will also be four emergency lighting in each coach in case of power failure in the train.