Vande Bharat Express: The Union Home Minister flagged off the Vande Bharat Express running from the capital Delhi to Katra in Jammu on Thursday. See here some special pictures inside this train
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The journey between Delhi and Katra has now been reduced to just eight hours due to the running of the Vande Bharat Express. Train number 22439 New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will depart from New Delhi Railway Station at 6 am and reach Katra at 2 pm. The train will stop every two minutes at Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi. On the return journey on the same day, train number 22440 Katra-New Delhi Vande Bharat Express will leave Katra railway station at 3 pm and reach New Delhi railway station at 11 pm.
The Vande Bharat Express, also known as ‘Train 18’, will run on all days of the week except Tuesday. This is the second Vande Bharat Express. The first Vande Bharat Express runs between Delhi and Varanasi. This new train has a larger pantry than the first train 18 to run between Delhi and Varanasi.
It also has special windows to protect the train from damage if stones are pelted. The train has a strong aluminum cover to avoid damage caused by stray animals. It offers many modern amenities like comfortable seats, better wash basin, automatic doors and WiFi.
Home Minister Amit Shah said, “Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express is a great gift for the development of Jammu and Kashmir and promoting religious tourism.” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Union Ministers Dr. Jitendra Singh and Dr. Harsh Vardhan were present on this occasion. The ministers said that the government’s two steps – the repeal of most of the provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the introduction of the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express – will link ‘new India’ to ‘new Jammu and Kashmir’ and create a new for the region Will create history.
While flagging off this indigenously built train, Shah said, ‘I believe that Article 370 was not only a hindrance to the unity of this country, but it was also the biggest impediment to the development of Kashmir. I am sure that after the removal of Article 370, we will be able to completely eliminate the ideas that promote terrorism and terrorism in the region.
Shah also said, ‘Railways should document their relationship with Mahatma Gandhi as it is an important link in the freedom struggle.’
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, “The repeal of Article 370 has connected the people of this country to Jammu and Kashmir and I am confident that this train will be a symbol of the development and progress that the government has taken due to the bold step taken in this area.” Will be seen in the coming years.