Vande Bharat Express begins first commercial run, tickets sold out
The Vande Bharat Express, codenamed Train 18, started its first commercial run from Delhi to Varanasi on Sunday (February 17). The development comes two days after it was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On Twitter, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal shared a video of the Vande Bharat Express leaving New Delhi Railway Station. He informed that the tickets of the train have been sold out for the next two weeks.
"Vande Bharat Express left Delhi for Varanasi today morning on its first commercial run. Tickets sold out for the next two weeks already. Get yours today," he said.
Vande Bharat Express left Delhi for Varanasi today morning on its first commercial run. Tickets sold out for the next two weeks already. Get yours today! pic.twitter.com/LwokUNHRJjPiyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) February 17, 2019
Meanwhile, a fiery exchange was observed on Twitter between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the Bharatiya Janata Party over yesterday's incident when the train broke down after ramming into cattle.
Gandhi slammed the Make in India campaign and said: "Modi ji, i think Make in India needs a serious rethink. Most people feel it has failed. I assure you we in the Congress are thinking very deeply about how it will be done."
BJP retaliated strongly and called Gandhi a "consistent failure". Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also chipped it and attack the Congress president from his comments on Make in India.
"Such a shame that you chose to attack the hard work and ingenuity of Indian engineers, technicians and labourers. It is THIS mindset which needs a reset. 'Make In India' is a success and a part of crores of Indian lives. Your family had 6 decades to think, wasn't that enough?" Goyal questioned.
After being officially flagged off on Friday, the Vande Bharat Express ran from New Delhi to Varanasi in eight hours in comparison to 12-13 hours time taken Shatabdi Express. While it can gallop at speeds up to 160 km/hr, its speed was capped at 130 km/hr due to weather and track conditions.
Delhi: Vande Bharat Express leaves for Varanasi on its first commercial run. Tickets already sold out for the next two weeks. pic.twitter.com/quCjs8jXafANI (@ANI) February 17, 2019
However, on its way back to Delhi, the Vande Bharat Express broke down on Saturday after ramming into cattle. The train had to be repaired before it could complete the entire journey.
The train, which has been equipped with several amenities, will run five days a week.