New Delhi: Odisha’s First Vande Bharat Express to be flagged off from Puri on May 18. The train will run from Puri to Howrah, stopping at important stations along the way.
On May 18, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the Vande Bharat Express train service. However, it is unclear whether he will visit Odisha or participate in the course via video-conferencing, according to Railway officials, who added, “Everything will be cleared in the next one or two days.”
The train will travel the 500-kilometer Puri-Howrah route in about five hours and thirty minutes. At the moment, the Shatabdi Express is the quickest train on this route, covering the same distance in roughly seven hours and 35 minutes.
The Puri-Howrah train would stop at Khurda Road Junction, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Bhadrak, Balasore, and Kharagpur, according to officials.
The Vande Bharat Express successfully completed its trial run on April 28 of this year. The train’s trial route went from Howrah to Puri and returned.
Following the trial run, Odisha’s Commerce and Transport Minister Tukuni Sahu requested that Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw allow the Vande Bharat Express train to travel on the Puri-Howrah, Puri-Rourkela, and Bhubaneswar-Hyderabad lines.
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