The first commercial run of the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will begin on October 4. Katra is the last station on the way to famous Hindu pilgrimage Vaishno Devi. The high-speed train will be flagged-off by Home Minister Amit Shah on October 3 from the national capital. The Indian Railways' subsidiary IRCTC has started the ticket booking process for the passengers.
The Vande Bharat Express will reduce the journey time between Delhi-Katra by eight hours. From a usual travel time of 12 hours in this route, Vande Bharat will only take 8 to reach Katra. En route, the train will halt at Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi for two minutes each.
Vande Bharat Express fare details
The minimum fare for travelling between New Delhi (NDLS) to Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (SVDK) will be Rs 1,630 and the maximum will be Rs 3,015. Further, there will be optional catering services for the passengers.
Vande Bharat Express timings
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal recently announced the full schedule of Vande Bharat. He tweeted saying that on the auspicious occasion of Navratri and Durga Puja, the Centre will be flagging off Vande Bharat Express. Further, the minister said, train number 22439 New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will depart from the New Delhi railway station at 6 am to reach Katra at 2 pm. On the same day, train number 22440 Katra-New Delhi Vande Bharat Express will leave from the Katra railway station at 3 pm to reach the New Delhi railway station at 11 pm. The train will run on all days of the week except Tuesdays.
नवरात्रि के पावन अवसर पर रेलवे नई दिल्ली-कटरा के बीच वन्देभारत एक्सप्रेस शुरू करने जा रही है।— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) September 29, 2019
यह नई दिल्ली से सुबह 6AM से चलकर 2PM कटरा पहुंचेगी, तथा कटरा से दोपहर 3PM चलकर रात 11PM दिल्ली पहुंचेगी। 5 अक्टूबर से यात्री इसमे सफर का आनंद ले सकते हैं, बुकिंग प्रक्रिया शुरू है। pic.twitter.com/2u4hdaWSxM
Vande Bharat Express special features
Vande Bharat Express is a luxurious all air-conditioned train having chair car service with 16 coaches. It is an engine-less self-propelled train set that can reduce travel time by 40 per cent. This Delhi- Katra train has a bigger pantry compared to the first Train 18 or other Vande Bharat Express. Also, This train has windows with a special provision to protect against stone-pelting and a cattle guard in the front to prevent damage to the train or derailment in case of cattle run.
The Vande Bharat Express was designed and built by Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Chennai under central government's Make in India initiative over a span of 18 months.
The railways is expected to manufacture 40 more such trains by 2022, according to senior officials.