Vande Bharat Express: Narendra Modi flags off Train 18 from New Delhi today
Updated : February 15, 2019 03:33 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the indigenously built Train 18, called the Vande Bharat Express, today from the New Delhi railway station.
Train 18, the country's first engine-less train manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai.
The passengers travelling from New Delhi to Varanasi in the executive class will be charged Rs 399 for morning tea, breakfast and lunch, while travellers in the chair car will need to pay Rs 344 for the same.
While the passengers travelling from New Delhi to Kanpur and Prayagraj will have to pay Rs 155 and Rs 122 for executive class and chair car, respectively.
From Varanasi to New Delhi, the passengers will be charged Rs 349 and Rs 288 in the executive class and chair, respectively. They will be served evening tea with snacks and dinner.
The Railway ministry had earlier indicated that the fare of Train 18 would be 40-50 percent higher than that of the Shatabdi Express.
Railway minister Piyush Goyal had earlier said that the indigenously built train would complete the distance of 795 km in eight hours, 35 percent faster than other fastest trains on route.
Train 18 recently became India's fastest train by hitting a speed of over 180 kmph during a trial run.