Indian Railways to Get 75 New Vande Bharat Trains by August 2023

Integrated Bus Factory (ICF) said after Union Minister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnau inspected the buses in production at the LHB shed of the furniture factory, ICF, on Friday, Indian Railways is set to launch 75 stacks of Vande Bharat by August 2023. Vaishnau, sharing a video, said, “Vande Bharat manufacturing is on fast track at ICF Chennai.”

The Minister of Railways also announced the launch of the 12,000th LHB bus launched by the International Union of Railways in Chennai on Friday and assured that there is no doubt about the privatization of railways. He inspected the Vande Bharat Express buses in production at the LHB shed of the furniture factory, ICF. The first two prototype blasters are scheduled to be commissioned by August 2022, ICF said, and Indian Railways is committed to rolling out 75 stacks of Vande Bharat by August 2023.

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Union Minister for Railways, Ashwini Vaishnau at the Integral Coach plant in Chennai on Friday. (Photo: Twitter / Ministry of Railways)

After an ICF check, Vaishnaw decommissioned the 12000th Linke Hofmann Busch AC-II Tier Coach at the upholstery plant in the presence of the General Manager, ICF, AK Agarwal and senior railway officials.

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“This is a significant milestone in the history of Indian Railways and a milestone in the modernization of passenger train services. ICF is the first production unit of Indian Railways to achieve such a standard in the production of LHB buses,” the ICF said in a statement.

During his interaction with the media, the Minister said that the Vande Bharat Express is a proud project of Indian Railways. “I congratulate the ICF team for designing and developing these world-class trainers. All regions of India will be connected by Vande Bharat Express trains as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it is a dream come true for all of us.”

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Union Minister for Railways, Ashwini Vaishnau at the Integral Coach plant in Chennai on Friday. (Photo: Twitter / Ministry of Railways)

The minister stressed that there is no question of privatizing the railways. The focus is entirely on adapting new technologies to improve Indian Railways, such as Kavach’s anti-collision safety devices, which will be installed on Vande Bharat Express buses as well.

“I recommend all railway employees working in Tamil Nadu to learn Tamil for better interaction with railway users as well as smooth and safe operation of trains. India is a country with many beautiful languages ​​and we need to enjoy the beauty of every language.”

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision is to transform Indian Railways to give better passenger experience, higher safety, with greater passenger capacity. He said all railway stations are being redeveloped and 50 stations are “already undergoing this process”.

In Tamil Nadu, five stations including Chennai Egmore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram and Kattabadi have been shortlisted for the project.

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Union Minister for Railways, Ashwini Vaishnau at the Integral Coach plant in Chennai on Friday. (Photo: Twitter / Ministry of Railways)

An amount of Rs 3,685 crore has been earmarked for railway projects in Tamil Nadu in the current budget. He said that under the PM Gati Shakti project, there are many other developments on the rail anvil.

In the Union Budget 2022-2023, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has proposed the development of 400 new Vande Bharat trains over the next three years. Among the proposed trains, tenders for 100 train sets are likely to be launched soon.

Originally referred to as Train 18 during development, Vande Bharat trains are powered without a locomotive engine and are propelled by a mechanism called Distributed Traction Force technology that supplies electrical power to each car in the train set. Because of the faster acceleration, the train can reach a maximum speed of 160 km per hour which reduces travel time by up to 25 to 45 percent.

(with PTI input)

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