On Friday, the Indian railways carried out a trial run of the indigenously designed semi-high-speed train, Vande Bharat Express, between Howrah and Puri. The second Vande Bharat Express in West Bengal completed the trial run at 6:10 am and arrived at Puri at 12:35 pm. However, the railway officials have not yet decided on a final date for the train’s commercial service.
According to Aditya Choudhary, the Chief Public Relations Officer of Southern Eastern Railway, the semi-high-speed train is expected to be inaugurated soon, and the public and media will be informed once a final date is confirmed. The first Vande Bharat Express in the state, which connects Howrah to New Jalpaiguri, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December of last year via video conferencing. This modern train is equipped with advanced passenger amenities.