JAMMU: Good news for travellers of Jammu especially those, travelling to Delhi twice or thrice a week with the business related trips or professional commitments. Country’s fastest train ‘Vande Bharat Express’ will soon be running from Delhi to Jammu and vice versa twice a week and the distance of 10 to 11 hours, will be cut short by 3 to 4 hours as the Express will cover it in just seven hours.
Famous as ‘Train-18’ and commonly known as ‘Chair Car’, the train, which was flagged off on February 14 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi between Delhi-Varanasi, will soon run between three prominent cities including Jammu. “The ‘Vande Bharat Express’ will run on three routes including Delhi-Jammu, Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah and the scheduled time table for all these three routes have also been fixed,” sources said. “Journey from Jammu to Delhi in all super fast trains, including Rajdhani, is covered in 10-11 hours but once operational Train-18 will cover the same distance in 7 hours, saving around 3 to 4 hours,” they maintained. Sources added that the train will depart from Delhi at 6 AM and will arrive at Jammu Tawi Railway Station at 1.30 PM via Ambala and Ludhiana, adding that on the same day, the train will leave from Jammu at 2.45 PM and arrive Delhi at 10.20 PM. They also added that the train will also cover the distance from Delhi to Mumbai in 12 hours as after leaving from Delhi at 7.40 in the evening, it will reach Mumbai Central next day at 8.40 AM. The train from Delhi to Howrah will cover the distance in 15 hours and 20 minutes, they maintained.
Meanwhile, the Express Train will be a boon for the people of Jammu, who are frequently visiting the national capital especially the traders and wholesale dealers.
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