As Eastern India’s first Vande Bharat Express arrived in Kolkata on Sunday, West Bengal residents can anticipate quicker and smoother travel times in the coming months.
On December 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to signal the start of the train that will go from Howrah to New Jalpaiguri. On that day, the PM would travel to Kolkata for a National Ganga Council meeting.
The Joka-Taratala section of the Joka-BBD Bagh metro line is also anticipated to be opened by PM Modi, practically starting at Howrah station.
The rake was seen by senior railroad officials on Sunday when it arrived at the Liluah rail yard, including Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Manish Jain. Although this is the first Vande Bharat Express in the nation, it is only the sixth in the state. In India, the semi-high-speed train made its debut in 2019.
At Howrah, the Indian railway station with the most platforms, finishing touches are being made to the parking and maintenance facilities.
Six days a week, the Vande Bharat express will travel between Howrah and New Jalpaiguri (NJP). The typical travel time for other express trains from Kolkata to NJP is 12 hours. The same distance will be covered in eight hours by the Vande Bharat Express.