PM Modi Flags Off Vande Bharat Train Service Between Secunderabad-Vizag
The first Vande Bharat Express train to operate between the two Telugu states will run between Secunderabad and Visakhapatnam
On the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually flagged off the Vande Bharat train service between Secunderabad in Telangana and the port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
The first Vande Bharat Express train to operate between the two Telugu states will run between Secunderabad and Visakhapatnam in eight hours and 30 minutes.
As the event coincided with Army Day, the Prime Minister paid rich tributes to the serving and retired personnel, hailed their commitment to protecting the country and its borders, and said their valour was matchless.
In his virtual address, Modi said Vande Bharat connects the cultures of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
"Vande Bharat is a true replica of India, which is coming out of the mentality of dependence and moving towards Atmanirbharta (self-reliance)," the PM said.
The regular services of the train would start on January 16, and the bookings had commenced on Saturday, railway sources said.
The Visakhapatnam–Secunderabad Vande Bharat Express (20833) will start at 5.45 a.m. and reach Secunderabad at 2.15 p.m.
It will leave Secunderabad at 3 p.m. and reach Visakhapatnam at 11.30 p.m. In between, the train will stop at Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Khammam, and Warangal in both directions, South Central Railway (SCR) officials said.
The train comprises 14 AC chair car coaches and two executive AC chair car coaches with a capacity of 1,128 passengers. It will provide the fastest travelling facility between these two stations and has exclusive reserved sitting accommodation, they said.
The train is manufactured with indigenous technology and equipped with modern features and enhanced comfort. The train has automatic sliding doors and is equipped with reclining seats in all classes and rotating seats in executive class, they said.
Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Tourism and Culture Minister G. Kishan Reddy, and Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan were present at the Secunderabad railway station during the inauguration.