Mrunal Manmay Dash

Continuing to expand the Vande Bharat express train services in the Country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off 10 new such trains on Tuesday including Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam Vande Bharat express.

It is the third Vande Bharat train launched in Odisha so far. This train will run six days a week except Saturdays. As per reports, the train service was initially envisioned to operate between Visakhapatnam and Puri. But the originating station was changed later to Bhubaneswar.

Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam Vande Bharat Express Timing Details

- Starting timing of this train from Bhubaneswar is at 5.15 am and will reach Vizag at 11 am.

- In return direction, it would start at 3.30 pm from Vizag and reach Bhubaneswar at 9:30 pm.

Inaugurating the train service from Ahmedabad, PM Modi said, “India is a young country, a large young population resides here. I would like to tell the youth that inaugurations that happened today are for your present. The foundation stone laying that happened today have come with the guarantee of your bright future. The governments that came after independence gave priority to political selfishness. Indian Railway is a major victim of that...The first that I did was to include Railway into the Budget of the Government, due to that funds of the Government are now used for the development of Railway."

As of date, 41 Vande Bharat train services are operating across India, connecting states having Broad Gauge (B.G.) electrified network. These Vande Bharat Express trains touch 24 States and 256 districts.

A total of three Vande Bharat trains are running in Odisha, including the one flagged off today. The other two trains run between, Puri-Rourkela and Puri-Howrah.

Vande Bharat Express gets warm welcome at Bhubaneswar Station 

Odisha’s third Vande Bharat Express was accorded a warm welcome at Bhubaneswar railway station on Tuesday. 

At the station, railway department officials, staff, and people were waiting for the Visakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar Vande Bharat Express enthusiastically. As it chugged into the station, people welcomed it by showering flowers. 

The train, which will run six days a week except Saturdays, will have stoppages at Bhubaneswar, Khordha, Berhampur, Palasa, Srikakulam, and Vizianagaram. 

The trail runs of this train have been completed. It will cover the total distance of 468 kilometres between Puri and Visakhapatnam in six hours and 15 minutes.