Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express on Thursday. The Howrah-Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express will be flagged off virtually from Puri at around 1 pm on Thursday, a South Eastern Railway official said on Wednesday. Railway Minister Ashwini Kumar Singh will be present at the inauguration ceremony at Puri station.
This is the second Vande Bharat Express to be give n to West Bengal after the Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express. The train will cover the distance of 500 km between Howrah and Puri in about six and a half hours.
Regular operations will start from May 20
The 22895/22896 Howrah-Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express will start regular operations from May 20, the official said. The train will run six days a week except Thursday. The train will depart from Howrah at 6.10 am and reach Puri at 12.35 pm and on its return journey, it will depart from Puri at 1.50 pm and reach Howrah at 8.30 pm.
Howrah-Puri Vande Bharat Express halts
The new 16-coach Vandee Bharat Express is likely to stop at some major stations. These are Kharagpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Khurda Road. The train will stop at each station for a duration of two minutes.
The speed will be 130 kmph.
The Howrah-Puri Vandee Bharat Express has touched a speed of 130 kmph during its trial run. So it is expecte d that it will run on this route at this speed.
According to travel agents, Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath, is a pilgrimage destination for tourists, especially from Kolkata and its surroundings. It is very popular as a beach resort town. In such a situation, this train is likely to be a big hit among semi-high speed train passengers.