India’s first Vande Bharat Sleeper Train is expected to commence operations between December or January, running on either the Delhi-Kolkata or Delhi-Mumbai route. The train will feature 16 coaches and is part of the Modi government’s ambitious plan to introduce advanced trains with state-of-the-art facilities over the next five years.

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Key Developments:

The Vande Bharat Sleeper Train project, which aims to provide a new era of luxurious and comfortable train travel, will have its trial runs starting in the next two months.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, in his first media interaction since taking office, confirmed the commencement of these trials and stated that the trains would be operational by the end of this year.

Initially, two Vande Bharat Sleeper Trains will be introduced, with the production of Amrit Bharat trains also being accelerated.

Features and Trials:

The Vande Bharat Sleeper Train will be manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, with the first units expected to be ready by August.

Following a trial period of five to six months, the trains will be fully operational, offering passengers a premium travel experience. In the first phase, these sleeper trains will run at speeds of up to 130 kilometers per hour.

Government’s Target:

The government has set a target to roll out over 300 Vande Bharat Sleeper and seating trains across the country by 2029. This initiative is aimed at revolutionizing train travel in India, providing passengers with modern and efficient transportation options.

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Key Takeaways:

  • The first Vande Bharat Sleeper Train is set to start by December or January.
  • It will operate on either the Delhi-Kolkata or Delhi-Mumbai route.
  • The train will feature 16 coaches with advanced facilities.
  • Trials to begin in the next two months, with full operation expected by the end of the year.
  • The government aims to introduce over 300 such trains by 2029.

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Important Information:

Detail Information
First Routes Delhi-Kolkata or Delhi-Mumbai
Number of Coaches 16
Trial Commencement Next two months
Full Operation Start End of this year
Initial Speed 130 kilometers per hour
Government’s Target 300+ Vande Bharat trains by 2029
Manufacturing Location Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai
Trial Period Five to six months

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