Following the success of the Vande Bharat Express, the Indian Railways is gearing up to introduce the Amrit Bharat Express. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate two of these trains on December 30. The inaugural trains will run from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh to Darbhanga in Bihar and from Bengaluru to Malda.
Union Railway Minister Ashwani Vaishnaw inspected the Amrit Bharat trains at New Delhi Railway Station earlier this week. He commended the advanced technology used in the trains, particularly the Push-Pull Technology.
Vaishnaw informed the media that the Amrit Bharat train is highly efficient in terms of speed. Thanks to the permanent couplers, passengers can expect a smooth ride with no jerks.
The Amrit Bharat Express boasts several features:
- Push-Pull Technology: This allows one engine to pull the train forward while another pushes from behind, enabling the train to pick up speed quickly and navigate turns, bridges, and stations more efficiently.
- Smooth Ride and Stability: The permanent couplers ensure a smoother ride with fewer shocks, contributing to the train’s stability.
- Water-Efficient Design: The design of the train toilets minimises water usage, promoting resource efficiency.
- Maximum Speed: The trains can operate at a maximum speed of 130 km per hour.
- Fare: The fare for Amrit Bharat Express is expected to be only about 10 percent more than normal trains.
- Make in India Program: The trains are built under the Make in India program, showcasing the use of advanced and modern technology manufactured within the country.
- Non-Air-Conditioned Coaches: The first two Amrit Bharat Express trains are non-air-conditioned, providing a cost-effective travel option.
- Passenger Comfort: The trains feature cushions in the luggage berth for passengers. Every seat is equipped with charging points, and a special ramp is designed to facilitate easy entry for wheelchairs into the coach.
- Coach Configuration: The non-AC Amrit Bharat Express will consist of 22 coaches, including 8 general second-class coaches, 12 second-class 3-tier sleeper coaches, and 2 guard compartments.
- Modern Amenities: The trains will be equipped with modern amenities, including CCTV cameras, modern toilets, sensor water taps, and an announcement system.
- Manufacturing Location: The Amrit Bharat Express trains are manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai.
On December 30, PM Modi will dedicate 2 Amrit Bharat Express trains along with 5 Vande Bharat trains to the country. The 5 Vande Bharat trains include Ayodhya-Anand Vihar, New Delhi-Vaishno Devi, Amritsar-New Delhi, Jalna-Mumbai, and Coimbatore-Bangalore Vande Bharat.