Amit Shah flags off New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express, says 'big gift' for Jammu and Kashmir's development on tourism

Train number 22439 New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will depart from the New Delhi railway station at 6 am to reach Katra at 2 pm.

FP Staff October 03, 2019 12:55:50 IST
Amit Shah flags off New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express, says 'big gift' for Jammu and Kashmir's development on tourism
  • The first commercial run of the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will be on 5 October

  • Booking of tickets is now open on the IRCTC website, the railways said on Sunday

  • The train will bring down the travel time between Delhi and Katra, the last station on the way to Vaishno Devi temple, to eight hours

Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday flagged off the inaugural run of Vande Bharat Express (Train 18) between New Delhi and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra from the national capital. The union minister also lauded the project, saying it was a "big gift" for Jammu and Kashmir's development.

Shah was accompanied by Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Harsh Vardhan, Jitendra Singh and officials from the Indian Railways at the New Delhi junction for the flagging off event.

Congratulating the Indian Railways for the completion of the project, Shah said, "I want to thank the Indian Railways from the core of my heart for giving this gift to Jammu and Kashmir in the auspicious occasion of Navratri. I am proud that this made in India train is being flagged-off from Delhi today. The railways is working towards achieving its targets keeping in mind the principles of speed, scale and service." He added that the project will serve as a medium for the development of the state by boosting religious tourism.

Amit Shah flags off New DelhiKatra Vande Bharat Express says big gift for Jammu and Kashmirs development on tourism

Amit Shah flags off the Vande Bharat Express in New Delhi. ANI

"For the development of Jammu and Kashmir religious tourism will play a big part, there cannot be any village in India where people do not want to go to Mata Vaishno Devi temple," he said. Shah also said that Article 370 was the "biggest roadblock" in the state's development and within 10 years, it will be one of the most developed regions of the country.

Train number 22439 New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will depart from the New Delhi Railway Station at 6 am to reach Katra at 2 pm. En route, the train will halt at Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi for two minutes each.

On the return journey the same day, train number 22440 Katra-New Delhi Vande Bharat Express will leave from the Katra Railway Station at 3 pm to reach the New Delhi Railway Station at 11 pm.

Train 18 will ply on all days of the week except for Tuesdays.

"Railways will connect country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari before 15 August, 2022," said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

Shah also said that, "Railways should document its relationship with Mahatma Gandhi as it forms a significant episode in the freedom struggle.".

This is the second Vande Bharat Express, the first runs between Delhi and Varanasi. Earlier on Tuesday, the Railways said that the train will start its commercial run between New Delhi and Katra on 5 October.

It will comprise of two Executive AC Chair Car and 12 Chair Car coaches, with stops at Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana, and Jammu Tawi railway stations. The journey between New Delhi to Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra will cost Rs 1,630 in Chair Car coaches and Rs 3,015 in Executive AC Chair Car coaches.

With inputs from agencies 

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