Published: 16th February 2021
#ThrowBackToday: How Vande Bharat Express was inaugurated on one day, broke down the next
In #TBT today, we recount how Vande Bharat Express, inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi, broke down the very next day of inauguration and how the netizens enjoyed a field day because of this
As many as 16 AC coaches plus two executive class, doors that are automatic, a GPS-based passenger information system, WiFi, a new-age regenerative braking system (capable of saving 30 per cent electrical energy) — we could go on and on about the Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 as it was called, dubbed the successor of the iconic Shatabdi Express. This semi-high speed train was #MadeInIndia, produced at the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai in about 18 months. It could travel at a speed of 160 km per hour and was designated to carry a maximum of 1,128 passengers from Delhi to Varanasi. It was flagged off by none other than our Prime Minister Narendra Modi from New Delhi Railway Station on February 15, 2019. And on the very next day, it broke down on its way back to New Delhi.
Though the meme-makers had a field day, it wasn't a commercial run and the breaking down was pinned to a cattle run over. It resumed its commercial-run soon.
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