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West Bengal: PM Modi flags off 7th Vande Bharat train connecting Howrah to New Jalpaiguri | Watch

PM Modi virtually flags off West Bengal's first and India's seventh Vande Bharat Express connecting Howrah to New Jalpaiguri via video conferencing. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw & other leaders present at the event in Howrah.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

Kolkata: After mother’s demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off the Howrah New-Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express train in Kolkata through video conferencing from Gandhinagar Raj Bhavan. He directly reached Gandhinagar Raj Bhavan after attending his mother’s funeral program and connected with the program here in Kolkata through VC. The Vande Bharat Express will connect Howrah and New Jalpaiguri, the gateway to the northeast.

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The blue-and-white train, which covers a distance of 564 km in 7.45 hours, will save three hours of travel time compared to other trains on the route, officials said. It will have three stoppages at Barsoi, Malda and Bolpur.

PM Modi inaugurated the Joka-Taratla section of the Purple Line of Kolkata Metro through video conferencing from Gandhinagar itself. Apart from this, he also laid the foundation stone of New Jalpaiguri Railway Station Redevelopment Project. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various railway projects in West Bengal.

He said in the next 8 yrs, India will see railways on a new journey of modernisation.

PM Modi attended the event after performing his mother Heeraben Modi’s last rites. She died today at the age of 100 in Ahmedabad at the UN Mehta hospital in Ahmedabad. She was admitted to the hospital two days ago.

While addressing the event, PM Modi said that he was supposed to come to West Bengal but due to personal reasons, he could not come there.

He also apologised from the people of Bengal.

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Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav, West Bengal Governor CV Anand Bose and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were present at Howrah station. Mamta Banerjee condoled the demise of PM’s mother.

PM Modi said Central govt is making record investments to modernise Indian Railways. He also mentioned modern trains like Vande Bharat express, Tejas express, and Humsafar express are being made in India.

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