Kasaragod-Thiruvananthapuram Eight coaches were created at Integral Coach Factory in Chennai Kochi in a new style with the colors saffron, white, and black for VB Express, which was inaugurated on Sunday: Prime Minister Narendra Modi signaled the start of the second Vande Bharat (VB) Express for Kerala on Sunday between Kasaragod and Thiruvananthapuram through video conference.
The prime minister also unveiled eight more VB trains on other routes, including the flagship superfast train. The popularity of Vande Bharat trains has been expanding, Modi noted at the time. The VB trains have now carried more than 1.11 billion passengers. This quantity is rising daily. There are currently 25 VB trains in service, and nine more have been added to the fleet today. The time when Vande Bharat would connect all of India is not far off.
According to him, the Vande Bharat trains are now crucial for those who want to finish their journeys as quickly as possible. “These trains have accelerated economic and tourism-related activity alike. In areas where the VB trains are running, there are more tourists. Business owners’ and store owners’ salaries have increased along with the increase in tourism. The need for work has grown as well, he added.
The state will soon receive more VB trains, according to Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, who was present during the inaugural ceremony at the Kasaragod railway station. As part of the inaugural trip, a sizable group of people, including ministers, lawmakers, political figures, and students, traveled.
The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai manufactured eight coaches for the Kasaragod-Thiruvananthapuram VB Express, which was launched on Sunday. The new design features a saffron, white, and black color scheme.
According to the Southern Railways’ schedule, the train will leave Kasaragod at 7 am every day (except Tuesday) and arrive in Thiruvananthapuram at 3:05 pm. According to a notification from the railways, the train would depart Thiruvananthapuram Central at 4:05 pm and arrive in Kasaragod at 11:58 night on the return trip.
At Kannur, Kozhikode, Tirur, Shoranur, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, and Kollam, the train would halt. A Vande Bharat Express currently operates in Kerala along the same route, leaving from Thiruvananthapuram in the morning and arriving in Kasaragod in the afternoon. While the new VB Express would use Alappuzha, it uses Kottayam.
The cost of the new VB Express from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram is 1,555 in the chair car (CC) class and 2,835 in the executive class (EC).
Source- Hindustan times