Vande Bharat Express: A New Year Gift To Bengal from Howrah to NJP

Today, on December 30, West Bengal received its first Vande Bharat express train on the major Howrah-New Jalpaiguri line. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the train via video conference since he needed to get to Ahmedabad for the funeral of his mother Heeraben, who died this morning.

Vande Bharat Express
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The First Vande Bharat Express for Bengal

It is the first Vande Bharat Express to operate in West Bengal and the rest of the country’s eastern regions. It is also the eighth Vande Bharat train operated by Indian Railways in the country.

According to Eastern Railway spokeswoman Ekalabya Chakraborty, the speedy train with advanced passenger facilities will take around 7.5 hours to go in both directions. The state’s inaugural semi-high-speed train service would operate six days a week, he added. It would greatly reduce travel time between Kolkata and Siliguri, the gateway to the Northeast.

Timing, Route & Stopage of Train HWH - NJP

The train will depart Howrah at 6 a.m., arrive in New Jalpaiguri at 1.25 p.m., and then leave the north Bengal station at 3:05 p.m., arriving in Howrah at 10:35 p.m., according to Chakraborty.

22301 HWH to NJP Up

Howrah: Departure Time - 5:55 AM
Bolpur: Arrival/ Departure Time – 07:43 AM/ 07:45 AM
Malda: Town Arrival/ Departure Time – 10:32 AM/ 10:35 AM
Barsoi: Arrival/ Departure Time – 11:50 AM/ 11:52 AM
NJP: Arrival Time – 1:25 PM

22300 NJP to HWH Down

NJP: Departure Time - 3:05 PM
Barsoi: Arrival/ Departure Time – 4:44 PM/ 4:46 PM
Malda: Town Arrival/ Departure Time – 5:50 PM/ 5:53 PM
Bolpur: Arrival/ Departure – 8:22 PM/ 8:24 PM
Howrah: Arrival Time – 10:35 PM

Ten motormen were brought to Ghaziabad for training, according to railway sources. In addition, 25 train inspectors have been trained to maintain the Vande Bharat Express. They received this instruction from the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai.

According to the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Howrah, in the case of other trains, just a portion of the train shed is covered while the remainder is exposed to the elements. In the case of Vande Bharat, however, the whole region is shaded. According to reports, a dedicated crew has been prepared in the Howrah division for the maintenance of the Vande Bharat.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister will lay the groundwork for and dedicate different development projects totaling Rs. 7,800 crore to the state.

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