Jaipur-Delhi Vande Bharat train: Schedule to be released today; Inauguration on Wednesday
Train bookings to open on IRCTC and other online platforms.
JAIPUR: The schedule for Rajasthan’s first Vande Bharat train that will run between Ajmer and Delhi via Jaipur is set to be released today, with bookings opening on IRCTC and other online platforms.
The delay in releasing the train schedule is due to ongoing discussions regarding stoppages. While there are plans to include three stoppages between Delhi and Ajmer, increasing demand for a stop at Rewari has caused the schedule to be postponed.
According to sources, the schedule and fare for the train may be released today. The Vande Bharat train will cover the 443-kilometre journey between Jaipur and Delhi in approximately four hours. With the introduction of this train, 10 trains, including double-decker, Rajdhani, and Shatabdi trains, will operate daily between Jaipur and Delhi, while six others will run three or four days a week.
The inaugural run of the Vande Bharat train is scheduled for April 12 at 12:30 pm from Jaipur Junction. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually flag off the train from New Delhi, while Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav will be present in Jaipur and travel on the train. GM Vijay Sharma of North-West Railway and other public representatives will accompany him.
Union’s Zonal Vice President and Divisional Minister Mukesh Chaturvedi, Divisional President K.S. Ahlawat, Divisional President of UPRMS Saurabh Dixit, and Organization Minister of UPRKS Sameer Sharma expressed gratitude to DRM Narendra.
The train underwent a three-day trial in March, running between Ajmer and New Delhi at a speed of approximately 110 kilometres per hour. Staff deployment disagreements between Ajmer and Jaipur divisions caused disruptions during the trial run.
Currently, a total of 13 Vande Bharat trains are operating in India. The first train began service in January 2019 between New Delhi and Varanasi, followed by others on various routes, including Chennai-Coimbatore and Secunderabad-Tirupati, which began operations last week.