PM Narendra Modi Flags Off Kerala’s First Vande Bharat Express!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off Kerala’s first semi-high speed train Vande Bharat Express from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station today. It will run between Thiruvananthapuram Central and Kasaragod.

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The train will cover 11 districts namely Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, and Kasargod.

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For Vande Bharat Express, Indian Railways is going to upgrade the tracks in Kerala in two phases. Under Phase-1, ₹381 crores has been sanctioned for converting the entire track from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram to a speed potential of 110 kmph. 


The second phase will involve straightening the turns and other necessary adjustments and will take two to three-and-a-half years to be completed. After this, the speed potential of the track will be increased to 130 kmph.

These trains are equipped with modern amenities. They have GPS-based information systems, CCTV cameras, vacuum-based bio-toilets, automatic sliding doors, and more.

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