New Delhi: India’s first semi-fast train Vande Bharat Express or Train 18, reached Varanasi on its maiden commercial run from New Delhi, an hour and half late due to fog on Sunday, a Hindustan Times report said.Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Railways Soon to Start Catering Services on Trains | Here’s How Order Food Online
Incidentally, the delay came a day after the train undertook its prior inaugural trail run and broke down on its way back to New Delhi from Varanasi, also ramming cattle on its way. “It was a case of skidding wheels after the train ran over cattle,” Northern Railway CPRO Deepak Kumar had said. Also Read - Good News For Train Passengers: Indian Railways Plans to Convert General Coaches Into AC Compartments Soon | Details Here
Reportedly, the Vande Bharat Express reached the Varanasi Cantonment Station at 3:25pm instead of its scheduled arrival at 2 pm, due to foggy conditions on Sunday and it left for New Delhi at 4:25pm on its return commercial journey. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Railways to Introduce New Vande Bharat Express Train Early Next Year | Details Here
On the sidelines of Train 18’s breakdown on Sunday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted that the ‘Make in India’ project under which the train was flagged off has been a failure.
However, Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal soon hit back saying that ‘Actions speak louder than words’ and tweeted, “Rahul Gandhi has insulted India’s intelligence and hard work by mocking “Make in India”. He insulted the hardworking engineers of Railways who have put in backbreaking effort to build India’s first indigenous semi-high speed train, the Vande Bharat Express.”
In a series of tweets thereafter, Goyal mentioned the incomplete projects under the 10-year UPA regime, highlighting every ‘empty promise’ with an info graphic.
Meanwhile, passengers travelling in the Train 18 alias the Vande Bharat Express on Sunday were reported to have given positive feedback on India’s first semi-fast train.