Indian Railways is an integral part of the country’s transport system. To increase efficiency and offer a time-saving alternative to passenger trains, the semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express trains were introduced! These trains are known for their speed and take less time to reach a destination. Earlier known as Train 18, these new-generation trains are one of the best things that happened to the Railway sector. And after the inauguration of multiple Vande Bharat trains, Odisha is going to get its first one this month! Take a look at the details of this Howrah to Puri Vande Bharat train.
Odisha’s First Vande Bharat Train
Puri, the Odisha town, will be connected to Kolkata by the semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express. This month, after the testing runs are finished, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will signal the departure of the railway linking Howrah station with Puri. This would be the first Vande Bharat train for Odisha and the second for West Bengal. In December of last year, West Bengal’s first train connecting Howrah and New Jalpaiguri was inaugurated.
The Howrah-bound train will probably leave in the morning and arrive in Puri in the afternoon, stopping along the way in Kharagpur, Cuttack, Bhadrak, Balasore, and Bhubaneswar. It would return that afternoon and arrive in Howrah in the late hours of the night.
Time Taken To Travel From Howrah To Puri
At an average speed of 77 kilometres per hour and a top speed of 130 kilometres per hour on some sections of the route, the 500-kilometre journey will be finished in 6.5 hours. Modern semi-high-speed trains called Vande Bharat are a cornerstone of PM Modi’s campaign to modernise rail travel and offer top-notch amenities to rail passengers. India now has 15 of these trains, although they only offer seating. These trains will eventually have sleeping accommodations as well.
Before this, Kerala got its first Vande Bharat train that connected Thiruvananthapuram and Kasargod. It was the sixteenth semi high-speed train of the country! Soon, another Vande Bharat train connecting Patna and Ranchi will be unveiled.
So, are you ready for this new Vande Bharat that will be Odisha’s first?
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