Today, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi flagged off the inaugural run of the new Vande Bharat Express from Amb Andaura, Una to New Delhi.
The Prime Minister inspected the train coaches of the Vande Bharat Express and took stock of the onboard facilities. Shri Modi also inspected the control centre of the locomotive engine of the Vande Bharat Express.
Una railway station was also inspected by him. Shri Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Union Minister of Railways, Shri Ashvini Vaishnaw, and Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur accompanied the Prime Minister when he arrived at Amb Andaura Railway Station in Una district of Himachal Pradesh.
The train will help boost tourism in the region by providing a comfortable and faster mode of travel. The travel time from New Delhi to Una will be reduced by two hours. It will be the fourth Vande Bharat train to be introduced in the country, running from Amb Andaura to New Delhi. It is an advanced version compared to the earlier ones, being much lighter and capable of reaching higher speeds in a shorter duration.
Vande Bharat 2.0 has more advanced features, such as the ability to go from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just 52 seconds, and a top speed of 180 kilometres per hour. The improved Vande Bharat Express will weigh 392 tons, which is 38 tons less than the previous version. It will also be equipped with a Wi-Fi content on-demand facility. Compared to the previous version, every coach has 32” screens providing passenger information and infotainment.
The Vande Bharat Express will also be more environmentally friendly than other trains, as the air conditioners will be 15 per cent more energy efficient. Travel will become more comfortable with dust-free clean air cooling of the traction motor. The side recliner seat facility, which was only available to Executive Class passengers, will now be made available for all classes.
Executive Coaches have the added feature of 180-degree rotating seats which makes it easy for the executives to have a discussion. This system, as recommended by Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, is designed and installed on both ends of RMPU to filter and clean the air free from germs, bacteria, viruses, etc.
The fresh air and return air are coming through. The Vande Bharat Express 2.0 offers superior and aircraft-like travelling experiences. It is equipped with KAVACH, an advanced state-of-the-art safety feature that is indigenously developed to avoid train collisions.