Latest Update on Vande Bharat Express: Railways Set to Launch Sleeper Version by March 2024
Latest Update on Vande Bharat Express: Railways Set to Launch Sleeper Version by March 2024

The introduction of India's first domestically-built semi-high-speed train has ushered in a new era of rail travel within the country. This cutting-edge train has proven to be a boon for various segments of passengers, including students, business professionals, and senior citizens. In the Union Budget for the fiscal year 2023-24, the Ministry of Railways unveiled plans to introduce two additional variants of the iconic blue and white train. These new versions will be known as the "Vande Bharat Sleeper" and the "Vande Metro."

Vande Metro Sleeper vs. Vande Metro
The Vande Metro Sleeper versions will be designed to connect longer distances, such as routes between New Delhi and Howrah, New Delhi and Mumbai, and Patna and New Delhi, among others. On the other hand, the Vande Metro will serve as a compact version of the semi-high-speed train, primarily focusing on shorter intercity journeys.

Launch of Vande Bharat AC Sleeper Car
The Indian Railways intends to introduce this state-of-the-art train in the current fiscal year, although the exact launch date remains undisclosed. Nevertheless, it is anticipated to commence operations by March, covering journeys spanning over 550 kilometers. These sleeper cars will eventually replace existing superfast trains like the Rajdhanis and Durontos.

Railway Minister's Announcement on Vande Bharat Sleeper Car
In a recent tweet, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw confirmed the impending arrival of the Sleeper version of this ultra-modern train. He shared graphic images of the train's interior, stating, "Concept train - Vande Bharat (Sleeper version). Coming soon...early 2024."

Know All About Vande Bharat - Inception of Vande Bharat: India's first blue and white Vande Bharat train was inaugurated on February 15, 2029, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This train currently operates on the New Delhi-Varanasi route.

Manufacturing of Vande Bharat Trains: The production of Vande Bharat train sets takes place at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai. These trains symbolize the 'Make In India' initiative, showcasing India's prowess in engineering. The endeavor to manufacture indigenous semi-high-speed train sets commenced in mid-2017, and within just 18 months, ICF Chennai completed Train-18. In January 2019, it was rebranded as the Vande Bharat Express to emphasize its 'Made In India' status.

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