Railway Reforms

Vande Bharat production to begin in October: Minister


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Vande Bharat express

Mains level: High speed railway in India

vande bharat

Indian Railways had successfully completed trials of the second generation Vande Bharat train that will come with enhanced passenger comfort and safety features.

What is Vande Bharat Express?

  • The Vande Bharat Express is a semi-high-speed train designed, developed, and built by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF).
  • Presently there are only two Vande Bharat trains that are running — Delhi to Varanasi and Delhi to Katra.

Key Features

  • The current Vande Bharat trains have seating only in two classes — chair car and executive chair car. But Railways is planning to upgrade it.
  • The trains have fully sealed gangways for a dust-free environment, modular bio-vacuum toilets, rotating seats in Executive Class, personalized reading lights, automatic entry/exit doors with sliding footsteps, diffused LED lighting, mini pantry, and sensor-based interconnecting doors in each coach.
  • They are self-propelled trains that do not require an engine. This feature is called a distributed traction power system.

Benefits of Vande Bharat Trains

  • Cuts Travel Time Drastically
  • Energy Efficient
  • Reduce Turnaround Time
  • Faster Acceleration and Deceleration among others.


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