Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): PM Modi flagged off five Vande Bharat Express trains - two physically and three in virtually from Rani Kamalapati Station in Bhopal on Tuesday. This is for the first time so many Vande Bharat trains have been launched in a day.
Two of them are for Madhya Pradesh. Modi reached Rani Kamalapati railway station and flagged off semi-high-speed Rani Kamalapati (Bhopal)-Jabalpur Vande Bharat Express, and Bhopal-Indore Vande Bharat.
On the occasion, Modi also virtually flagged off three other Vande Bharat trains namely Ranchi-Patna, Dharwad-Bengaluru and Goa (Madgaon)-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express.
For the first time, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Goa have been included in the list of Vande Bharat trains. Before flagging off the trains, Modi interacted with students on board one of the Vande Bharat trains here and the train staff. There were 376 school students in the two Vande Bharat express which gave them free ride to Jabalpur and Indore.
BJP workers present at the railway station chanted ‘Modi-Modi’ as the Prime Minister gave green signal to the trains. The PM did not give ant public speech at the launch of the five trains. On this occasion, Governor Mangubhai Patel, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav, union aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and others were present.
Earlier, after arriving at the Bhopal airport in the morning, Modi was scheduled to reach the Rani Kamalapati railway station by helicopter, but because of bad weather he left for the venue by road. On April 1, PM had launched first Vande Bharat train of Madhya Pradesh, running between Bhopal and Delhi.
With the launch of two more Vande Bharat trains, now the state have three such train services which have cut down the travel time from Bhopal to Delhi, Jabalpur and Indore.
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