Trials of much-anticipated Mumbai-Goa Vande Bharat commence today

Trials of much-anticipated Mumbai-Goa Vande Bharat commence today

The trials, which began on Tuesday, will rigorously test the train's performance, safety features, and passenger amenities before it is made available for public use.

Kamal MishraUpdated: Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 08:30 PM IST
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Trials of much-anticipated Mumbai-Goa Vande Bharat commence today | Sourced Photo

In a significant development aimed at enhancing rail connectivity, the much-anticipated route trials for the Mumbai-Goa Vande Bharat Express were conducted on Tuesday. The train, which completed the journey in just 7 hours during trail run, showcased its potential to revolutionize travel between the bustling metropolis and the serene coastal destination of Goa.

"During the trail run, the Mumbai-Goa Vande Bharat Express departed from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) at 5:53 am and arrived in Goa at 12:50 pm, covering the distance in an impressive time frame. In comparison, the current fastest train on this route, Tejas Express, takes over 8 hours to complete the almost same journey" said a senior railway official adding that the remarkable speed achieved during the trial run highlights the Vande Bharat Express's commitment to reducing travel time significantly.

Fourth Vande Bharat in Mumbai

Following the success of the first Vande Bharat Express of the city on the Western Railway route, connecting Mumbai Central and Gandhinagar, two additional trains were introduced on the Central Railway line, serving the Mumbai-Shirdi and Mumbai-Solapur routes. These trains have already gained widespread acclaim for their speed, comfort, and advanced technology.

"The Mumbai-Goa Vande Bharat Express is expected to further transform travel experiences for Mumbaikars and tourists alike. The route trials rigorously tested the train's performance, safety features, and passenger amenities, ensuring a seamless and secure journey for future passengers. The final report of the trials will be submitted in the coming days," said a senior officer who is the part of route testing team of Vande Bharat on Tuesday.

"Once operational, the Mumbai-Goa Vande Bharat Express promises to significantly reduce travel time and provide enhanced convenience for passengers. With its sleek design, state-of-the-art amenities, and exceptional service, the train aims to offer a luxurious and enjoyable journey for travelers," he added.

Railway authorities have expressed enthusiasam

Railway authorities are enthusiastic about this momentous development, recognizing its potential to boost tourism and drive economic growth in both Mumbai and Goa. The improved connectivity between these vibrant destinations is expected to foster greater mobility and contribute to the overall development of the region.

While the official introduction date for the Mumbai-Goa Vande Bharat Express is yet to be finalized, passengers eagerly await its launch, anticipating that it will set new benchmarks in railway travel. Commuter like Santosh Mane, 34 a Mumbai-based software engineer who frequently travels between the two cities, believe that the introduction of the Vande Bharat Express will significantly enhance the overall travel experience.

As preparations is on, expectations are also high for the inauguration of this high-speed train service, which is poised to redefine travel between Mumbai and Goa. " All depends on the time table of the praposed train between two cities, Most of the frequent travellers of the route will prefer depart from Mumbai in Morning " said Santosh Kamble a another frequent traveller of the route.

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