The upcoming introduction of Vande Bharat sleeper trains on long-distance routes by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government has sparked great anticipation among railway enthusiasts. The first batch of these trains is expected to roll out next year, offering a potential game-changer in the realm of train travel.
The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, under the guidance of Union railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, is diligently working towards finalizing the design for the sleeper variant of Vande Bharat trains. As per the latest update from Minister Vaishnaw, the designs are set to be completed by the end of December. He further mentioned that the initial few trains are projected to be ready by March 2024, paving the way for an exciting new era in rail transportation.
The Three Formats of Vande Bharat Trains: In an effort to cater to different travel distances, Vande Bharat trains will be available in three distinct formats: Vande Metro, Vande Chair Car, and Vande Sleepers. These formats are specifically tailored to meet the needs of various journey lengths. Minister Vaishnaw revealed that all three formats are slated to be ready for service by February-March of the upcoming year.
Vande Metro is designed for journeys spanning less than 100 kilometers, offering a swift and convenient mode of transportation for shorter distances. Vande Chair Car, on the other hand, caters to travel distances ranging from 100 to 550 kilometers, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable ride. For longer journeys exceeding 550 kilometers, Vande Sleepers will provide an indulgent experience with cozy sleeping accommodations, making overnight travel a delight.
Madhya Pradesh Welcomes Vande Bharat Trains: On the 27th of June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate two Vande Bharat trains in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. These trains, namely Bhopal-Indore and Bhopal-Jabalpur, will mark a significant milestone in bolstering connectivity within the state.
Excitedly announcing the event, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed his gratitude, stating, "The PM will flag off the Bhopal-Indore and Bhopal Jabalpur Vande Bharat trains from Bhopal on June 27." The addition of these trains will undoubtedly bring convenience and accessibility to the residents of Madhya Pradesh.
Five New Vande Bharat Express Trains on the Horizon: The Indian Railways is preparing for a momentous occasion as they gear up to launch five new Vande Bharat Express trains simultaneously. This grand unveiling is scheduled to take place on June 26, and it promises to revolutionize train travel on several key routes.
The new routes for the Vande Bharat Express trains are as follows: Mumbai-Goa, Bengaluru-Hubballi-Dharwad, Patna-Ranchi, Bhopal-Indore, and Bhopal-Jabalpur. Passengers traveling on these routes can look forward to enhanced comfort, advanced amenities, and a premium travel experience.
While the vision of Prime Minister Modi to operate 75 Vande Bharat trains by August 2024 holds immense promise, recent documents have revealed a setback. The Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala failed to meet its projected target of delivering 32 Vande Bharat trains during the 2022-23 period, leaving the plan in jeopardy.
Efforts are underway to address this issue and ensure that the production of Vande Bharat trains aligns with the ambitious goal set by the Prime Minister. Collaborative measures between the concerned authorities and timely execution of plans will be crucial in achieving the desired outcome.
The advent of Vande Bharat sleeper trains brings a sense of anticipation and excitement for travelers across the nation. With their luxurious features, enhanced comfort, and tailored formats catering to various journey lengths, these trains are poised to revolutionize the way people experience long-distance travel. While challenges may arise along the way, the commitment to progress and the pursuit of excellence will undoubtedly pave the path towards a future where Vande Bharat trains surpass all expectations and set new standards in the realm of rail transportation.