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Mumbai-Ahmedabad route to get 2nd Vande Bharat Express; PM to flag off train on Tuesday

Mumbai, Mar 11 (PTI) The busy Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central route will get a second Vande Bharat Express on Tuesday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually flag off the semi high-speed luxurious train, Western Railway (WR) officials said on Monday.

Mumbai, Mar 11 (PTI) The busy Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central route will get a second Vande Bharat Express on Tuesday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually flag off the semi high-speed luxurious train, Western Railway (WR) officials said on Monday.

According to a WR release, Modi will flag off the inaugural run of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central superfast train along with the extension of the Ahmedabad-Jamnagar Vande Bharat Express up to Okha through video conferencing at 9 am.

Booking for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central Vande Bharat Express will start at PRS (passenger reservation system) counters and on the IRCTC website the same day and regular services will commence on March 13, the officials said.

The superfast train will consist of air-conditioned chair cars and executive chair coaches, and cover the more than 500km distance between the two cities in less than 6 hours. This will be the second Vande Bharat Express between the two commercial hubs -- the first one was launched in 2022.

Currently, five Vande Bharat trains, equipped with world-class passenger amenities and advanced safety features, are running on the WR network. One of them is the Gandhinagar Capital-Mumbai Central Vande Bharat Express (which passes through Ahmedabad) which was introduced on September 30, 2022.

The new Vande Bharat Express will run six days a week (except on Sundays) and halt at Vadodara, Surat, Vapi, and Borivali (in sububran Mumbai) stations in both directions. It will leave Ahmedabad at 6:10 am and arrive at Mumbai Central at 11:35 am. In the return direction, it will depart from Mumbai Central at 3:55 pm and reach Ahmedabad at 9:25 pm.

The existing Vande Bharat Express departs from Mumbai Central at 6 am and reaches Gandhinagar at 12.25 pm. In the return journey, the first train leaves Gandhinagar at 2.05 pm and reaches Mumbai Central at 8.25 pm.

The officials said the existing Vande Bharat Express that departs from Mumbai Central in the morning has 136 per cent occupancy and the same is slightly higher at 141 per cent in its return direction.

Ahmedabad (Sabarmati)-Jodhpur, Ahmedabad-Jamnagar, Indore-Bhopal-Nagpur, and Udaipur-Jaipur are the other four Vande Bharat Express trains that run on the WR network. PTI KK RSY

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