Update on the Vande Bharat Express: Indian Railways are slavishly producing the sleeper and metro versions of the semi-high speed train.
Update on the Vande Bharat Express: Indian Railways is developing a plan to launch two additional iterations of the Vande Bharat before the end of FY 2023–2024. In this regard, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), situated in Chennai, is working assiduously to produce both the Vande Metro and the Vande Bharat Sleeper versions of the coaches. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw told reporters after visiting ICF that "the process of production of Vande Bharat Sleeper Version as well as the Vande Metro Coaches are progressing in a very excellent phase."
In addition to ICF, the railroads will also build these semi-high speed trains in two of its factories: the Marathwada Rail Coach Factory in Latur and the Modern Coach Factory in Rae Bareli. By August 15, 2023, the national transporter hopes to have 75 services of this modern train running.
There will be a total of three Vande Bharat variations: (a) the Vande Bharat Chair Car; (b) the Vande Bharat Sleeper Car; and (c) the Vande Metro. The passenger experience will improve and be improved in all three of these variants.
Version of the Vande Bharat Sleeper that is capable of travelling more than 550 kilometres. It will take the place of the current superfast trains, including the Duronto and Rajdhani. The sleeper car format is anticipated to be ready by February 2024.
Less than 100 kilometres will be covered by the Vande Metro format. This new configuration will eventually take the place of the current local trains and suburban trains.
Operation of the Vande Bharat trains: There are currently 25 Vande Bharat Express trains running on various routes around the nation. These include the routes between New Delhi and Varanasi, New Delhi and Katra, Mumbai and Gandhinagar, New Delhi and Amb Andaura, Chennai and Mysuru, Bilaspur and Nagpur, Howrah and New Jalpaiguri, Visakhapatnam and Secunderabad, Mumbai and Solapur, Mumbai and Shirdi, and Delhi and Rani Kamlapati, Secunderabad and Tirupati, and Chennai and Coimbatore. Khajuraho-Bhopal-Indore, Madgaon-Mumbai, Dharwad-Bengaluru, Ranchi-Patna, Gorakhpur-Lucknow, Howrah-Puri, Guwahati-New Jalpaiguri, Anand Vihar-Dehradun, Rani Kamlapati-Jabalpur, and Jodhpur-Sabarmati are some examples.