On Monday Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off Northeast’s first Vande Bharat Express between Guwahati and New Jalpaiguri in North Bengal and the route will cover the journey of 411 km in five and half hours.
The previous record for the same journey was six and a half hours, but the latest model of this train has managed to accomplish the trip quicker.
PM Modi performed the virtual flag-off at 12:40 pm from Guwahati Railway Station and said, “Today is a big day for rail connectivity in the Northeast. While Northeast got its first made in India Vande Bharat Express, it is the third Vande Bharat to connect West Bengal.”
At the event held at Guwahati railway station, a host of dignitaries including Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, and Cabinet Minister Sarbananda Sonowal marked the completion of the electrification of a 45 km rail track in Assam and Meghalaya.
“Guwahati New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat will strengthen the centuries-old bonding between Assam and Bengal. After the introduction of Vande Bharat, travelling will be faster in the entire region where college and university students will benefit. But most importantly, employment related to tourism and business will get a major boost,” said Modi.
He stated that the Vande Bharat project will simplify traveling to Kamakhya Temple, Kaziranga, Manas National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam, as well as assist in trips to Tawang, Shillong, Cherrapunji and other sightseeing spots in other North-eastern states.
He remarked that over the last nine years, remarkable achievements have been devoted to developing a New India. He then gestured to the majestic new Parliament, connecting the long-standing democratic heritage of the nation with a prosperous democratic future.