In a proud moment for India, the semi high-speed train ‘Vande Bharat Express’ has broken the record of the bullet train by achieving the speed of 100 km/hr in just 52 seconds while the Japan-made bullet train covers 100 km/hr in 55 seconds.
Speaking at Global FinTech Fest, Minister for Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw said, “We have shown that a fully loaded water glass has not shaken at the speed of 180kmph, but, it shook the world.” The minister also informed that now since the trial run of Vande Bharat is completed, serial production of the rest 72 trains will start soon.
The Indian Railways will have to make major changes in its network for the Vande Bharat trains as they consume double the electricity than the normal electric trains.
This system has been implemented in many countries where high-speed passenger trains run, including China, Japan, France and South Africa.
The speed trial of Vande Bharat was also conducted on the Kota-Nagda railway section at various speed levels. During this time, the speed touched the speed of 180 kmph at many places.
The Vande Bharat Express, also known as Train 18, is an Indian semi-high-speed, intercity, EMU train which is operated by the Indian Railways only on two prominent routes as of March 2022, one from New Delhi to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra and the other from New Delhi to Varanasi.
A press release by the Railways ministry said that the new Vande Bharat trains would be equipped with WI-FI, 32-inch LCD TVs, energy-efficient ACs with dust-free clean air cooling, and a side recliner seat facility for all classes which was earlier provided to just executive class passengers.
The improved features also include automatic fire sensors, CCTV cameras, three-hour battery backup, GPS systems, and a photocatalytic ultraviolet air purification system to filter and clean the air free from germs, bacteria, viruses, etc. fresh air and return air.