Vande Bharat Express: Indian Railways is all set to commence the operation of the 18th Vande Bharat Express train on 29th May. This new train will run between New Jalpaiguri and Guwahati, marking the introduction of the first semi-high-speed train in Northeast India.
Furthermore, it will be the third Vande Bharat Express to operate in West Bengal. Covering a distance of approximately 410 km within the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) zone, the train aims to offer a faster and more efficient mode of transportation.
The launch of the New Jalpaiguri-Guwahati Vande Bharat Express is expected to significantly reduce travel time between the two cities. Currently, the fastest train takes around 7 hours to complete the journey. However, the upgraded Vande Bharat Express is estimated to cover the distance in approximately 6 hours.
The train will operate six days a week, departing at 6:10 am from its origin and reaching the destination around 12 noon. For the return journey, it will depart from Guwahati at 4:40 pm and arrive at New Jalpaiguri around 10:20 pm.
The Northeast’s first Vande Bharat Express will connect six stations during its journey, including New Jalpaiguri, Guwahati Junction, New Alipurduar, Kokrajhar, New Bongaigaon, and Kamakhya.
Currently, there are 17 operational Vande Bharat Express trains across India, serving 21 states and union territories. These states include Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal.
Vande Bharat Express is a self-propelled train equipped with modern amenities, offering a comfortable and convenient travel experience. The trains are manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, ensuring a high standard of quality and passenger satisfaction.