Tamil Nadu’s first intra-State Vande Bharat train service between Chennai and Coimbatore was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dr MGR Ramachandran Chennai Central Railway Station in the presence of Chief Minister MK Stalin, Governor RN Ravi and Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
This is the State’s second Vande Bharat express after the Chennai-Bengaluru service, launched recently. Across India, it was 14th Vande Bharat train service to be flagged off.
The chair-car fare between Chennai and Coimbatore will be INR 1,365 and for the Executive class INR 2,490.
The maiden run of Chennai-Coimbatore Vande Bharat Express clocked 130 kmph. Barely 30 minutes into its journey, the train achieved a speed of 130 kmph.
At this speed, the journey time between the State’s capital and the Manchester of South India will reduce by an hour and 20 minutes to 5 hours and 50 minutes.
Before flagging off the train, he interacted briefly inside the train with some 50 IIT-Madras students working on 5G and HyperLoop. (Source BusinessLine)