Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after India’s fastest train Vande Bharat Experess broke down on its inaugural journey back to Delhi.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi wrote, “Modi ji, i think Make in India needs a serious rethink. Most people feel it has failed. I assure you we in the Congress are thinking very deeply about how it will be done.”
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal wasted no time in responding to Gandhi’s tweet and wrote, “Such a shame that you choose to attack the hard work and ingenuity of Indian engineers, technicians and labourers. It is THIS mindset which needs a reset. ‘Make In India’ is a success and a part of crores of Indian lives. Your family had 6 decades to think, wasn’t that enough?”
Such a shame that you choose to attack the hard work and ingenuity of Indian engineers, technicians and labourers. It is THIS mindset which needs a reset. ‘Make In India’ is a success and a part of crores of Indian lives. Your family had 6 decades to think, wasn’t that enough? https://t.co/ebto2kTzst
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) February 16, 2019
Vande Bharat Express, billed as India’s fastest train with a maximum speed of 180 km per hour, was flagged off by Modi on Friday. However, while returning from Varanasi to Delhi on Saturday, the train developed snag leaving its passengers in a lurch. Its passengers had to be shifted to another train to complete their journey to Delhi, when they were still 200 kms away from their destination.
In its clarification, a statement by the Ministry of Railways said, “India’s first semi high speed train Vande Bharat express train successfully completed its inaugural run from Delhi to Varanasi on 15th Feb 2019. It is scheduled to start its commercial run from 17th Feb from Delhi. During the transportation back from Varanasi it was stopped at Chamraula station of National Capital Region, about 18 kms after crossing Tundla station. There was an issue of communication between the last basic unit of 4 coaches and the rest of the train probably due to some external hit. Thereafter, safety features in the train applied brakes. The train was checked for faults and moved to Delhi.”
The train has been examined at New Delhi maintenance depot to rectify the defect in communication that occurred enroute. All other systems of the train have also been thoroughly examined. The train will be able to run as per schedule on 17th Feb. Indian Railways looks forward to welcoming passengers in this historic journey.
Meanwhile, Goyal, who had faced widespread ridicule for sharing a sped up video of the train last week, said that Vande Bharat Express ‘left Delhi for Varanasi today morning on its first commercial run.’He said that tickets had been ‘sold out for the next two weeks already.’