Vande Bharat Express is super hit! Indian Railways’ first semi-high speed, engine-less train set, the Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express has completed one year of service!
On Tuesday, the Northern Railway zone announced that the ‘Make in India’ Train 18 has completed a year in service, logging a distance of 3.8 lakh km and earning a cumulative sum of Rs 92.29 crore with 100 per cent occupancy.
According to details accessed by Finance Express Online, the redefined percentage occupancy for the New Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat till February 7, 2020 was 112.59%. Similarly, the redefined percentage occupancy for the Varanasi-New Delhi Vande Bharat till the same date was 112.91%. This reflects the success of the train in its first year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the train and dedicated it to the nation on February 15 last year. However, the semi-high speed train started its commercial run from New Delhi to Varanasi two days later i.e., from February 17, 2019.
The train covers the distance between New Delhi and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in eight hours’ time. It runs on all days, except on Mondays and Thursdays.