New Delhi, April 10: The Humsafar Express will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a video conference on Tuesday. On the 100th anniversary of the Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagarh, the new train is scheduled to start part from Motihari. The bi-weekly train will operate from Katihar on Monday and Thursday and from Delhi on Tuesdays and Fridays. The total time taken by the train from Katihar will be around 27 hours and 40 minutes. While from Delhi, it’ll take 27 hours and 30 minutes. The stoppage time for this train will be the longest at two particular stations itself- Saharsa and Lucknow stations where the train will stop for at least 25 minutes.
Apart from flagging off the Humsafar Express, Prime Minister Modi will also launch electrification work of Motihari-Muzaffarpur rail line and will dedicate a locomotive to the country, which is the result of a collaboration between India and France. The locomotive is the first Make-in-India project completed by France’s Alstom. The electric train will run at a maximum speed of 120 km per hour and will be the first of 40 locomotives to roll out of the factory by the end of March 2020. It must be noted that 11 years down the lane, India will get at least 800 high horsepower electric locomotives.
PM Modi who will be in Bihar to join in the centenary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagraha, will also address the people on Swachchh Bharat Mission. More than 20,000 Swachchhagiris will be participating in the event and preparations have been made to accommodate these huge number of volunteers, said District Magistrate Raman Kumar.
Also, PM Modi will be unveiling several development projects on this occasion which includes the huge sewerage projects in Patna. The sewerage projects under Clean Ganga programme, Namami Gange, will help in the development of sewage-treatment capacities.