Recently, Mr. Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs and the President of Bharatiya Janata Party since 2014, hailed the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi Railway Station. This train will bridge Delhi to Vaishno Devi martyry through Katra Railway Station in Jammu. At the inception of Vande Bharat Express, Shah said that Article 370 was the biggest obstacle in the path of Jammu and Kashmir’s development. He termed it as a “big gift” for this state to promote spiritual pilgrimage. Ten years down the lane, Jammu and Kashmir would be the highly developed region of our country, claimed Mr. Amit Shah who was tagged along with Mr. Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh and Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. This is the semi high-speed Train 18, which was rebaptized as Vande Bharat Express is the country’s second such train.

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The first Vande Bharat Express inaugurated its services between Delhi and Varanasi in the month of February this year. Being nostalgic about the momentousness of the Swadeshi movement at the time of British rule, Shah said that the compartments of this high-speed Express were made in India. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also claimed that Indian Railways will bind the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari before August 15th, 2022.  He also added that Indian Railways is working very hard on the principles of speed, scale, and services to accomplish its objectives.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that this aboriginally evolved bullet-shaped Vande Bharat Express can rush up to a maximum rate of 160 kmph which makes it India’s one of the fastest trains, but due to the lane constraints on the route, it will rush at the rate of 130 kmph. This premier opulent Vande Bharat Express offers 16 passenger compartments with parlor car service. This is the engine-less automotive public transport which reduces 40 percent travel time. Under Central Government’s “Make in India” drive, this train has been designed and reinforced by ICF (Integral Coach Factory) Chennai over an interval of 18 months.

This Delhi-Katra passenger train has bigger pantry area in comparison to the previous Train18. It has palatial interiors and is furnished with a GPS-based infotainment system, wi-fi, bio Vaccum toilets, CCTV surveillance, among other features. To safeguard the front of the train from being damaged in the case of cattle run and all the windows by stone-bombarding, special provision has been taken. To reduce the noise level in the steerer’s cab, improved insulation has been provided and to protect the train steerers from the glaze, roller blind screen has been provided on the lookout glass. A spacious pantry with RO systems, one deep freezer for storing ice-cream, phone handsets for direct communication between train pilots and guards, plastic bottles crusher machines and welcome drinks are also included. Three hot cases and two bottle coolers have also been installed in the Vande Bharat Express.

This premium IRCTC Vande Bharat Express can accommodate 1,100 passengers at one go. It has circulating seats which can be turned to 180 degrees. 14 out of 16 coaches are chair cars and 2 are executive class. Every chair car includes 78 chairs. 12 Chair Car and 2 Executive Chair Car compartments of Vande Bharat Express have sensor doors. Several mod-cons also includes comfortable seating, anti-spall films on windows and LED lighting. It proves to be the more faster-communicating mode of transport for Vaishno Devi voyagers. It also has a driver coach at each end of the train for faster turnaround at each end of the line. Wide Luggage racks have also been installed to allow for more luggage to be kept. PM Narendra Modi also hailed this service on Twitter.

Delhi Katra Vande Bharat Express Timetable

Vande Katra Express also recognized as Train 18 will dispense on all days of the week except on Tuesday. Its first fiscal drive will begin on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. Train number 22439 New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will depart at 6 a.m. from New Delhi Railway Station and will reach Katra at 2 p.m. in the afternoon. It will be an 8-hour journey for Mata Vaishno Devi devotees whose traveling time has been brought down to 8 hours from the current 12 hours’ time. The distance between Delhi and Katra is 655 km. En route, the train will take a halt at three railway junctions – Ambala Cantonment, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi for 2 minutes each.

On the homecoming voyage the same day, train number 22440 Katra-New Delhi Vande Bharat Express will withdraw from the Katra Railway Station at 3 p.m. to arrive at New Delhi Railway Station at 11 p.m. This new train, a move in the direction of top-notch travel on Indian Railways trains provide a lavish and convenient travel experience. The IRCTC website has opened the reservation of tickets. The lowest fare for Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express has been set to Rs. 1,630 for the AC Chair Car and the highest fare for the Executive Chair Car to Rs. 3,014. There will also be optional catering services available for the pilgrims on a paid basis.

Expectations from Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express

The big festive season launch of Vande Bharat Express during Navratras has brought the contentment on the faces of the Vaishno Devi pilgrims. Vande Bharat Express means “Respect India Express” in which Vand means to worship, to praise, to celebrate, to show honour, to salute respectfully or do homage. As the National transporters expect the numerous pilgrims on board the Vande Bharat Express to Vaishno Devi during Navratras, more options of vegetarian meal combos will be serviceable to choose from.  

After the commencement of Vande Bharat Express, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the people of Jammu and Kashmir good luck. It is expected by Indian Railways that this Vande Bharat Express will generate high volume traffic on this route. It will become easier for Mata Vaishno Devi voyagers to enjoy the convenience and amenities of this world-class travel in Vande Bharat Express.

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