Today, the PM will inaugurate Odisha's first Vande Bharat. Prices, schedules, and further information are available here.
On Thursday at around 1:00 p.m., Prime Minister Narendra Modi will use video conferencing to officially start the first Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat train for Odisha and the second for West Bengal. Ashwini Vaishnaw, the minister of the railways, will also be there.
What you should know about the Howrah-Puri Vande Bharat Express is as follows:
The Howrah-Puri Vande Bharat train will travel 500 kilometres in about 6 hours and 30 minutes, decreasing the present Shatabdi Express's travel time of 7 hours and 35 minutes by more than an hour.
According to PTI, the 16-coach train will stop at places including as Kharagpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, and Khurda.
Except for Thursdays, the Vande Bharat Express will run six days per week. It will leave Howrah at 6:10 in the morning and arrive in Puri at 12:35. It will depart Puri in the opposite way at 1:50 and reach Howrah at 8:30.
According to rumours, the fare for the chair car will be $1,590 (including $308 for catering) and the executive class fare would be $2,815 (including $369 for catering).
Because Puri is a very popular tourist destination for visitors from West Bengal and the area because it is both a beach resort town and a place of pilgrimage, the train is anticipated to become popular with passengers right away.
Tejas Express has replaced the Vande Bharat on the Nagpur–Biswas route. Read more here.
In the meantime, PM Modi will also lay the cornerstone for multiple railway projects in Odisha worth more than 8,000 crores, including the renovation of Puri and Cuttack railway stations. According to PTI, he will also dedicate himself to completely electrifying the rail system in Odisha, which will assist lower operating and maintenance costs and lessen the state's reliance on imported crude oil.
A new broad gauge rail route between Angul and Sukinda, a third line connecting Manoharpur-Rourkela-Jharsuguda-Jamga, and a new broad gauge line between Bichhupali and Jhartarbha will also be dedicated by PM Modi in addition to the doubling of the Sambalpur-Titlagarh train line.