India’s fastest train breaks down day after its inauguration, passengers transferred to different train


A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off Vande Bharat Express, India’s fastest train, it broke down around 200 kms away from the national capital. Allegedly hit by a cattle, the train developed technical snag on Saturday morning, when it was returning from Varanasi.

Vande Bharat Express
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Passengers of Vande Bharat Express had to be shifted to another train after they were made to wait for over three hours. When it resumed its journey at around 8.30 am, the train could barely move.

Passengers on board also had a brief scare some coaches detected smoke due to reported system failure. Some passengers also complained of foul smoke inside their coaches.

News agency ANI quoted Railway Ministry as saying, “Vande Bharat Express was standing 18km from Tundla since 6.30 am. There seems to be disruption due to a possible cattle run over. It wasn’t a scheduled commercial run. Commercial ops begin from 17 February. After removing obstacle, the journey to Delhi resumed around 8.15 am.”

Although the train has been taken to Delhi for mechanical fix, it has not been allowed to be driven beyond the speed of 40 km per hour. According to reports, the train will resume its commercial run from Sunday.

The engine-less train, which has built in India, is capable of running at the highest speed of 180 km per hour. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal last week was embroiled in controversy after he posted a sped up video of Vande Bharat to flaunt his government’s achievement.

The train, which has 16 coaches, was originally called Train 18 but was later renamed as Vande Bharat Express. Earlier, the fastest train in India was Shatabdi Express. Among key facilities of Vande Bharat Express, the seat can rotate 360 degree, the toilet has same bio-bio-vacuum system that is used in flights and the lighting is dual mode that can be diffused for general illumination and personal for every seat.