Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday flagged off Rajasthan’s first Vande Bharat Express via video conferencing. Addressing the event, PM Modi said the Vande Bharat Express enriches the spirit of ‘India First, Always First’.
“It has become synonymous with development, modernity, self-reliance and stability. The Vande Bharat Express will immensely benefit the tourism industry of Rajasthan,” he said.
“Fortunate to flag off the sixth Vande Bharat Express in the last two months,” Modi added. The prime minister further said that “selfish and mean politics” had always overshadowed the modernisation of the railways in the past. “Unfortunately, selfish and mean politics had always overshadowed the modernisation of the railways. Large-scale corruption neither let development happen in the railways nor did it let the railways’ selection process be transparent,” he said.
The regular service of this new Vande Bharat train will start on April 13 and will operate between Ajmer and Delhi Cantonment with stops in Jaipur, Alwar and Gurgugram. It will cover the distance between Delhi Cantonment and Ajmer in five hours and 15 minutes.
The Ajmer-Delhi Cantonment Vande Bharat Express will be the world’s first semi-high-speed passenger train on high-rise overhead electric (OHE) territory.
The Prime Minister said that the government is making Rajasthan a land of new opportunities. He said that the central government has done remarkable work for connectivity and which will boost tourism.