Indian Railways to introduce 5 Vande Bharat trains on June 26

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Indian Railways has announced that it will operate 5 new Vande Bharat trains from June 26. This launch comes after the three-train accident in Odisha that happened on June 2 and killed 288 people. It is reported that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be launching semi-high-speed trains on five new routes through video conferencing.

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The routes on which the five new Vande Bharat trains will run are:
Mumbai-Goa, Bangalore-Hubli, Patna-Ranchi, Bhopal-Indore, and Bhopal-Jabalpur. After the recent Odisha tragedy, the railway ministry had canceled the launch of the Mumbai-Goa Vande Bharat train. This is the first time that 5 new trains of Vande Bharat will start running on the same day.

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While earlier, such launching events were held with much fanfare and pomp, this year due to the Odisha accident, the event will be held in a low-key manner.

Due to the recent tragic incident in Odisha, the safety of train passengers has been debated by people in all sections. Although when it comes to train travel, speed is the utmost important requirement but how far the speedy trains take care of the safety of the passengers and staff traveling in the train is something that people are panicked about.

Since the incident, the railway ministry has been deeply probing into the matter which looks like negligence of safety procedures, including criminal neglect and changes in electronic interlocking. The Odisha train crash accident involved two passenger trains and a goods train that occurred in Balasore.

Over 1,000 people have been badly injured. The preliminary investigative report on the tragedy said the three-way accident involved Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Coromandel Express, and goods train on three different paths at Bahanaga Bazar Station in Balasore district. 17 coaches of the two passenger trains were derailed and badly affected in the tragic accident.

In another news, Mobility Solutions Ltd – MSL said on Wednesday that it has got a contract of Rs 100 crore from the Indian Railways for delivering and installing many important components of the Vande Bharat Express trains. The company is under the development work of delivering and fulfilling the order.

MSL which is a part of the diversified JCBL Group manufactures a huge spectrum of FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic), glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), sheet metal, and a combination of railway interior solutions. According to the contract, MSL would be supplying eight pieces of the nose cone, 16 rakes of interior paneling with toilets, and 16 coaches per rake, said the company in a statement to the media.

The company also mentioned how the contract’s work involves the development, supply, and installation of FRP interior panels for the roof, side, walls, and partitions, toilet with doors, accessories, roller blinds, and other critical equipment, among others.

As much as we are admiring the fact that we are going to be a part of the quick-fast world that will be driven by different means of technology, that much we need to understand the side-effects and negative situations that may arise due to the hasty decisions. Although new launching of trains is a good move, but there has to be that much research work done on how much safe and secure the journey is for passengers and all parties involved.

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