PM Modi Flags Off Jharkhand’s 2nd Vande Bharat Express

The train, which will run six days a week, will complete the 463km distance between Ranchi and Howrah in West Bengal in seven hours.


The Ranchi-Howrah Vande Bharat Express was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video-conferencing on Sunday.

It is Jharkhand’s second Vande Bharat Express. The first one, which runs between Ranchi and Patna, was flagged off on June 27.

The regular run of the train will begin on September 27, an official said.

Jharkhand Governor CP Radhakrishnan, Rajya Sabha MPs Mahua Maji and Aditya Sahu were among others present at Ranchi railway station to attend the inauguration function.

“Our prime minister is on a mission for the country’s development,” the governor said.

“The party which Modi represents is not in power in Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal but the needs of the people are being fulfilled. Despite political differences, we should work for the development of the nation,” he said.

The train, which will run six days a week, will complete the 463km distance between Ranchi and Howrah in West Bengal in seven hours.

Rajya Sabha MP Maji demanded a reduction in the fares, which will benefit the common people.

The fare between Ranchi and Howrah will be ₹ 2,045 for executive AC chair car, and ₹ 1,030 for AC chair car without meal.

Ranchi MP Sanjay Seth said, “I have requested the railway ministry for a Ranchi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express and an Antyodaya Express from Ranchi to south India.” Talking to media, general manager of South Eastern Railway Anil Kumar Mishra said, “The decision for another Vande Bharat will be taken by the railway board. There is huge demand for the train between Ranchi and Varanasi. We hope the train will be provided very soon.” Ranchi-Howrah Vande Bharat has seating capacity for 530 passengers and it will take 40 minute less than Ranchi-Howrah Shatabdi Express to reach the final destination, he said.

Around 70 school students, teachers and principals also got free ride on the train from Ranchi today.

“I feel very lucky to get chance to travel on the train on its inaugural day. I have been selected for the journey in the train through a painting competition. Vande Bharat reflects the progress of new India,” Ishita Kumari, a class 9 student said.

During its regular run, the train will depart from Ranchi at 5.15 am and reach Howrah at 12.20 pm. While returning, the train will leave Howrah at 3.45 pm and reach Ranchi at 10.50 pm.

The trial run of the Ranchi-Howrah Vande Bharat was successfully conducted on September 21.

The train will have stops at Muri, Kotshila, Purulia, Chandil, Tatanagar and Kharagpur, a statement said.

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