Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off Assam’s first Vande Bharat Express train on Monday.
He will flag off state-of-the-art Vande Bharat Express at 12 noon via video conferencing.
Connecting Guwahati with New Jalpaiguri, the train will help save about an hour of journey time, compared to the current fastest train connecting the two places.
Vande Bharat will cover the journey in five-and-a-half hours, while the current fastest train takes about six-and-a-half hours to cover the distance.
The train service will operate six days a week discovering the new age rail travel with airlines like travel feelings for people of the northeast who will able to feel the comfort and speed during the journey.
As per the official, PM Modi will also dedicate newly electrified sections and also inaugurate newly constructed DEMU/MEMU shed at Lumding in the state.
This new facility will be helpful for maintaining the DEMU rakes operating in the region, leading to better operational feasibility.
Modi will also dedicate 182 route kilometres of newly-electrified sections. This will help provide pollution-free transportation with trains running at a higher speed and reduced running time. It will also open the doors for trains running on electric traction to enter Meghalaya.
The Indian Railways is currently running 34 services of the train, covering 21 states. It has set a target of running at least one service in seven more states by June.