Mumbai: Popularity Of Vande Bharat Express In Western Railway Increasing Day By Day

Mumbai: Popularity Of Vande Bharat Express In Western Railway Increasing Day By Day

The Vande Bharat trains have redefined rail travel and have become an instant hit amongst the passengers.

Kamal MishraUpdated: Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 07:01 PM IST
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Indian Railways have contributed in a big way towards the multi-faceted development of the country. Heralding a new era of comfortable & enhanced rail travel experience, the new Vande Bharat Express trains have become the new face of emerging India’s prowess in rail transportation.

This modern semi-high speed train is an outstanding symbol and example of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and one of the major leaps for Indian Railways on the parameters of superior designs, interiors and speed, providing the passengers a pleasant travel experience. The popularity of these trains has been rising day by day with more and more passengers favouring to travelling by these trains. This is evident from the fact that these trains are running with almost full occupancy.

Four Vande Bharat trains ply in Western Railway

According to Sumit Thakur, chief public relations officer, of Western Railway, currently four Vande Bharat trains ply in Western Railway. They are Mumbai–Gandhinagar Capital, Ahmedabad–Jamnagar, Ahmedabad (Sabarmati)–Jodhpur and Indore–Bhopal–Nagpur.

The Vande Bharat trains have redefined rail travel and have become an instant hit amongst the passengers. They have appreciated the comfort level of the Vande Bharat trains, the plush interiors, the variety of delicious food served and the reduced travel time as compared to other trains. They have equated the journey by Vande Bharat trains as that of travelling by aircraft with less hassles of check-in and more economical pricing.

Vande Bharat trains provide efficient connectivity

Thakur said that the Vande Bharat trains plying in Western Railway connects the very essence of our diverse and culturally rich country. The Vande Bharat Express trains stands as a testimony for economic unity, providing swift and efficient connectivity to major business hubs such as Mumbai, Surat, Ahmedabad as well as industrial towns of Vapi, Valsad, Jamnagar, Sanand and Nagpur. It is a catalyst for business growth, encouraging the flow of trade and commerce across the country.

Passengers can enjoy breathtaking scenic views en route. These trains are also a gateway to incredible adventures and profound spiritual journeys. It connects cherished tourist destinations such as Jodhpur, Abu Road and religious places like Ujjain, Indore, Sabarmati, Palanpur.

Mumbai–Gandhinagar Capital Vande Bharat Express

Giving more details, Thakur further stated that Western Railway’s Mumbai–Gandhinagar Capital Vande Bharat Express was the third Vande Bharat Express in the country which was introduced on September 30, 2022. It connects the state capitals of Maharashtra and Gujarat, with halts at Borivali, Vapi, Surat, Vadodara and Ahmedabad, covering seven districts.

This train has been an instant hit amongst the passengers having an average occupancy of more than 130 per cent. This train is in great demand amongst all the age groups, especially with the age group of 31 to 45, which constitute more than 33 per cent of the passengers, followed by age group of 46 to 60, which is more than 25 per cent while age group of 15 to 30 comes close by 24 per cent. Senior citizens comprise around 14 per cent. Also, women passengers are showing their maximum preference to Vande Bharat trains due to the ease of travelling associated with the train.

Other Vande Bharat garner good response

Similarly, Ahmedabad–Jamnagar, Ahmedabad (Sabarmati) – Jodhpur and Indore–Nagpur Vande Bharat trains of Western Railway are also garnering good response from the youth, business travellers, tourists falling in the age group of 25 to 45. These Vande Bharat trains offer the unique experience of speed, comfortable and stylish travel akin to that of airlines combined with the joy of train travel which proves its reasonably high occupancy.

The Vande Bharat Express trains have become a top favourite and has become the most preferred mode of travel. Its immense popularity can be tracked on social media with people uploading their selfies and making videos of their travel experience with Vande Bharat Trains. Indian Railways invites everyone to undertake a journey in this modern & swanky train set for which we can proudly exclaim as ‘Made in India, Made for India’.

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