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Rajasthan’s first Vande Bharat Express

The train connecting Delhi Cantt. to Ajmer will be faster by 60 minutes as compared to the Shatabdi Express running on the same route

Ajmer-Delhi Cantt. Vande Bharat Express will be the world’s first semi high speed passenger train on high rise overhead electric (OHE) territory

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will flag off Rajasthan’s first Vande Bharat Express train on 12th April, 2023 at 11 AM via video conferencing. The inaugural train will run between Jaipur and Delhi Cantt. railway station. The regular service of this Vande Bharat Express will start from 13th April, 2023 and will operate between Ajmer and Delhi Cantt., with stops at Jaipur, Alwar and Gurgaon.

The new Vande Bharat Express will cover the distance between Delhi Cantt. and Ajmer in 5 hours 15 minutes. The present fastest train in the same route, Shatabdi Express, takes 6 hours 15 minutes from Delhi Cantt. to Ajmer. Thus, the new Vande Bharat Express will be faster by 60 minutes as compared to the present fastest train running on the same route.

Ajmer-Delhi Cantt. Vande Bharat Express will be the world’s first semi high speed passenger train on high rise overhead electric (OHE) territory.  The train will improve connectivity of major tourist destinations in Rajasthan including Pushkar, Ajmer Sharif Dargah etc. Enhanced connectivity will also provide a boost to socio-economic development in the region.

The Vande Bharat Express, formerly known as Train 18,[2] is an electric multiple-unit train operated by Indian Railways. The train has achieved a max speed of 180 km/h (110 mph) during testing. Due to the railway track speed capacity and traffic constraints, the operating speed of the train is limited to 160 km/h (99 mph) on the Delhi-Bhopal route and 110–130 km/h (68-81 mph) on other routes due to safety concerns.[3][4]

It was designed by RDSO and manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), located in Chennai.[5] Vande Bharat Express design and specifications has been standardized by RDSO.[5][6] It was made with low-cost maintenance and operational optimization in mind. The cost of a 16-coach Vande Bharat train is about ₹115 crore (US$14 million).[7]The cost of 8-coach Mini Vande Bharat(MVB2) train is about ₹70 crore (US$8.8 million).

On 27 January 2019, ‘Train 18’ was renamed as ‘Vande Bharat Express’. The train went into service on 15 February 2019.

Vande Bharat trains now operational on 13 routes in India.

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