Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Gandhinagar-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express at Gandhinagar station and travelled by train to Kalupur Railway Station.
When the Prime Minister arrived at Gandhinagar station, he was accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, Union Minister of Railways Ashvini Vaishnav, and Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri.
The Prime Minister inspected the Vande Bharat Express 2.0 train coaches and the onboard facilities. Shri Modi also inspected the locomotive engine control centre of the Vande Bharat Express 2.0.
The Prime Minister then flagged off the new and upgraded version of Vande Bharat Express between Gandhinagar and Mumbai and travelled on the train from there to Kalupur Railway Station.
The Prime Minister also interacted with his fellow passengers, who included family members of railway employees, female entrepreneurs and researchers, and young people. He also interacted with workers, engineers, and other personnel who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of Vande Bharat trains.
Boost for connectivity between Gandhinagar and Mumbai
The Vande Bharat Express 2.0 between Gandhinagar and Mumbai will be a game changer, increasing connectivity between India’s two business hubs. It will allow Gujarat business owners to travel to Mumbai and vice versa without having to pay the high cost of airline tickets while still enjoying the benefits of air travel. The Vande Bharat Express 2.0 travel time from Gandhinagar to Mumbai is estimated to be around five and a half hours.
The Vande Bharat Express 2.0 provides a variety of superior and aircraft-like travel experiences. It is outfitted with cutting-edge safety features, including an indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System (KAVACH).
Advanced and improved features
It will have a Wi-Fi content on-demand facility. Every coach is equipped with 32″ screens providing passenger information and infotainment, compared to 24″ in the previous version. Vande Bharat Express is also going to be environmentally friendly as the ACs will be 15 per cent more energy efficient.