NaMo Bharat Train is the name given to India’s first indigenously manufactured high-speed train. The train has a designed speed potential of 180 kmph and operational speed potential of 160 kmph. The train is expected to reduce travel time, enhance passenger comfort, and boost the country’s economy.
How was NaMo Bharat Train developed?
NaMo Bharat Train was developed by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, under the Make in India initiative. The train is based on the Train 18 design, which was also developed by ICF. The train has 16 coaches, with two executive and 14 chair car coaches. The train has several features such as:
- Automatic doors with retractable footsteps
- On-board Wi-Fi and infotainment system
- GPS-based passenger information system
- Modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems
- Rotating seats in executive class
- Continuous window glass for better view
- Regenerative braking system for energy saving
When and where will NaMo Bharat Train run?
NaMo Bharat Train was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 20, 2023, from New Delhi. The train will run on the Delhi-Varanasi route, covering a distance of about 800 km in eight hours. The train will stop at four stations: Kanpur, Prayagraj, Bhadohi, and Jaunpur. The train will run six days a week, except on Mondays.
The train will also run on other routes in the future, such as:
Why is NaMo Bharat Train important?
NaMo Bharat Train is important for several reasons, such as:
- It showcases India’s technological prowess and self-reliance in the field of rail transportation.
- It provides a faster, safer, and more comfortable mode of travel for passengers.
- It reduces the carbon footprint and fuel consumption of trains.
- It creates employment opportunities and boosts the manufacturing sector.
- It promotes tourism and cultural exchange among different regions of the country.