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PM Modi flags off Uttarakhand’s 1st Vande Bharat train: Dehradun-Delhi 

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PM Modi flags off Uttarakhand’s first Dehradun-Delhi Vande Bharat trainPrime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi virtually flagged off Uttarakhand’s 1st semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Train connecting Dehradun with Delhi.

The inaugural run of the train connects Dehradun to Delhi’s Anand Vihar terminal.

  • This will be the 6th Vande Bharat train connecting Delhi from a different state.
  • This also marks the 18th Vande Bharat train in India.

Note: At present, Delhi is connected via Vande Bharat train with Ajmer(Rajasthan), Varanasi(Uttar Pradesh), Katra(Jammu and Kashmir), Bhopal(Madhya Pradesh), and Amb Andaura(Himachal Pradesh).

Key People:

Pushkar Singh Dhami Chief Minister (CM) of Uttarakhand and Ashwini Vaishnaw Union Minister of Railways were present during the flagging-off ceremony at Dehradun railway station, Uttarakhand.

Key Points:

i.This Vande Bharat Train, equipped with world-class amenities, was indigenously manufactured.

ii.It is also equipped with advanced safety features, including the Kavach technology.

iii.The regular operations for the Delhi-Dehradun Vande Bharat Express will start on 29 May.

iv.The train will operate on all days of the week, except Wednesdays.

v.This will reduce the journey time between Dehradun and Delhi to 4 hours 30 min. At present, the Shatabdi Express takes 6 hours and 10 minutes to complete the journey.

Other Highlights: 

PM Modi also dedicate the newly electrified rail line sections in Uttarakhand. with this Uttarakhand will have its entire rail route 100% electrified.

  • The trains on electrified sections will result in an increase in the speed of trains and enhance haulage capacity.

Recent Related News: 

According to the “Landslide Atlas of India” report prepared by the Hyderabad (Telangana)-based National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag (1st) and Tehri Garhwal (2nd) are the most landslide-prone districts in India.

About Uttarakhand:

Chief Minister– Pushkar Singh Dhami
Governor– Gen. (Retd.) Gurmit Singh
UNESCO Heritage Site– Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks
Festival– Kanwar Yatra; Bissu Mela