The 8th edition of Vande Bharat Express (India’s’ Indigenous Semi High Speed Train) was flagged off by BJP MP GVL Narsimha Rao, TDP MP Kesineni Srinivas (Nani), YSRC MLA Malladi Vishnu and others at Vijayawada Railway Station on Sunday. Earlier on Sunday, the train was virtually flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Secunderabad Station on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti. The train would be operated from Secunderabad station to Visakhapatnam and the regular services of the train started from Visakhapatnam on Monday.
Train Number 20833 Visakhapatnam – Secunderabad Vande Bharat Express will start at 05.45 hrs and reaches Secunderabad at 14.15 hrs. The Train number 20834 Secunderabad – Visakhapatnam will start from Secunderabad at 15.00 hrs and reaches Visakhapatnam at 23.30 hrs. In between, the train stops at Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Khammam and Warangal in both the directions.
The train consists of 14 AC Chair Car Coaches and two Executive AC Chair Car Coaches with a capacity of 1128 passengers. It will provide the fastest travelling facility between these two stations and has exclusive reserved sitting accommodation. This train serves the needs of the public travelling on urgent needs like official tours, business purposes and short duration trips.
The train is manufactured with pure indigenous technology equipped with modern features and enhanced comfort. The train has automatic sliding doors, provided with Reclining seats in all classes and rotating seats in Executive class. Emergency alarm buttons and emergency talk-back units have been provided through which passengers can talk with the crew in case of exigent situations. CCTV cameras are equipped in all coaches for safe and secure travel. It provides safe, convenient and comfortable day journey travel for people travelling between the Telugu States. It is the fastest travelling option when compared with other modes of transport as well as other express trains.