In a moment of pride for India, the semi-high-speed train “Vande Bharat Express” has shattered the record of the bullet train by travelling 100 km/hr in just 52 seconds as opposed to the Japan-built bullet train’s 55 seconds. Minister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw stated at the Global FinTech Fest that “we have proved that a completely loaded water glass has not rattled at the speed of 180kmph, but it shook the world.” The minister also said that, now that Vande Bharat’s trial run is over, the serial construction of the remaining 72 trains will shortly begin.
Given that Vande Bharat trains use twice as much electricity as standard electric trains, the Indian Railways will need to make significant network improvements. Many nations that operate high-speed passenger trains, such as China, Japan, France, and South Africa, have put this system into place. On the Kota-Nagda railway segment, different speeds were used for the Vande Bharat speed trial. Many times during this period, the speed exceeded 180 kmph. As of March 2022, the Indian Railways will only operate the Vande Bharat Express on two significant routes: one from New Delhi to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra and the other from New Delhi to Varanasi. The Vande Bharat Express is a semi-high-speed, intercity, EMU train.
The new Vande Bharat trains will have WI-FI, 32-inch LCD TVs, energy-efficient ACs with dust-free pure air cooling, and side recliner seat facilities for all classes, which were previously only available to elite class passengers, according to a news statement from the Railways ministry. A photocatalytic ultraviolet air purification system to filter and clean the air free of germs, bacteria, viruses, etc., fresh air and return air are also included in the improved features. CCTV cameras, three-hour battery backup, GPS systems, automatic fire sensors, and these are just a few.
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