New Delhi: India’s first semi-high speed train, the Vande Bharat Express on Sunday began its first commercial run, a day after it broke down on its way to Delhi from Varanasi. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet, “Vande Bharat Express left Delhi for Varanasi today morning on its first commercial run. Tickets sold out for the next two weeks already. Get yours today!”Also Read - India- South Korea Trade Talks Today, Read Key Points Of This Bilateral Relationship Here

The first breakdown occurred around 15 km from Tundla junction in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday morning after Train 18, which was recently rechristened Vande Bharat Express, had left Varanasi Junction for Delhi at 10:30 PM Friday. Also Read - Indian Railways Not For Sale, Will Not Privatise it, Ashwini Vaishnaw Makes Big Announcement

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In a press release issued by the railways in response to the incident said that during the transportation back from Varanasi it was stopped at Chamraula station of National Capital Region, about 18 kms after crossing Tundla station.

“There was an issue of communication between the last basic unit of 4 coaches and the rest of the train probably due to some external hit. Thereafter, safety features in the train applied brakes. The train was checked for faults and moved to Delhi,” it said.

“It was a case of skidding wheels after the train ran over cattle,” Northern Railway CPRO Deepak Kumar had said in the morning.

According to sources, including several journalists on board the train, it was stuck near Tundla for over an hour. They said before the train came to a halt, its end coaches started making a rattling sound.

Further, in a war of words over the train last night, Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Modi ji, I think Make in India needs a serious rethink. Most people feel it has failed. I assure you we in the Congress are thinking very deeply about how it will be done.”

In a quick response, Piyush Goyal tweeted, “Such a shame that you choose to attack the hard work and ingenuity of Indian engineers, technicians and labourers. It is THIS mindset which needs a reset. ‘Make In India’ is a success and a part of crores of Indian lives. Your family had 6 decades to think, wasn’t that enough?”

Furthermore, the train covers the 755-km distance (Delhi-Varanasi) in eight hours with stoppages at Kanpur and Prayagraj and is the fastest train on the route.