NEW DELHI: In an acknowledgment of its Made-in-India status, the Indian Railways has named the indigenously manufactured semi-fast Train 18 as Vande Bharat Express, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday. It will ply from the national capital to Varanasi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off the train soon. The 16-coach train, built in 18 months at a cost of R97 crore by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, is regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express. It is also the first locomotive-less train in the country.
Addressing mediapersons, Goyal said it was named Train 18 when it was conceptualized, and now, it has been given a new name after taking suggestions from the general public.
“Train 18 will now be known as Vande Bharat Express. It’s a train built completely in India by Indian engineers, in a span of 18 months. It’ll ply from Delhi to Varanasi. It is an example that it’s possible to make world-class trains under Make in India,” Goyal said.
The train will be fully air-conditioned and have stops at Kanpur and Allahabad. It will have two executive chair cars.