New Delhi: The Indian Railways has named the indigenous Train 18 as Vande Bharat Express acknowledging its made-in-India status, said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday. The train is set to run between Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160 kmph and will stop at Kanpur and Allahabad.

Piyush Goyal said that he would request the prime minister to flag off the Express. Goyal said, “It is completely made in India and various names were suggested by the general public but we have decided to name it Vande Bharat Express. A gift on the occasion of the Republic Day to people. Will request the prime minister to flag it off.”

Other officials have also approached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) regarding the launch of the train. As per reports, the new express is likely to be flagged off after the presentation of the budget.

Meanwhile, Piyush Goyal tweeted a video on Sunday quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The tweet read: ” The credit for developing the first high-speed train T-18, also goes to Tamil Nadu. In times to come, T-18 will provide high-speed connectivity across the country.”

The 16-coach train was manufactured by Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareli, in a span of 18 months. The entire cost of the express sums up to Rs 97 crore. It is considered a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express.

Considered the first locomotive-less train in the country, Train 18 will have two executive chair cars. Besides the GPS-based Passenger Information System, the train would have diffused lighting, automatic doors, and footsteps. Moreover, the train is a fully air-conditioned train.

(With Agency inputs)