Vande Bharat Express and more Intercity trains: What Odisha needs for better rail travel experience 

What needs to be pointed out is the necessity of introducing inter-city express trains, not necessarily Shatabdi ones, but equally speedy and comfortable ones, having both AC and non-AC Chairs only, with food, at convenient time of the day and night.

Vande Bharat Express

Indians have been offered a new travel experience with Vande Bharat. Post the launch of first Vande Bharat Express on 15 February 2019, six more have been flagged off. Of the seven, the earliest one - between New Delhi and Varanasi, covers the longest distance - 759 kilometers, followed by the Express between New Delhi and Katra that covers 655 kilometers. The latest addition to the fleet is between Howrah and New Jalpaiguri that was flagged off on December 30, 2022, just 19 days after the sixth one between Bilaspur and Nagpur was inaugurated. 

While six Vande Bharat Express trains run beyond the state of origin, the only one, between Howrah and New Jalpaiguri, runs within the state covering 561 kilometers — the third longest route. Shortest length for a running Vande Bharat Express is 412 kilometres, between Nagpur and Bilaspur and also between New Delhi and Ambala Cantt.