Prime Minister to flag off Mahamana Express on Sept 22

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 20, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to flag off on Friday a direct train service between Varanasi and Vadodara, the two constituencies he won in the 2014 general elections before choosing to represent Varanasi in Parliament.

According to a senior Indian Railway official the train to be flagged of by Modi using a remote control on Friday from Varanasi is the third Mahamana Express. The train will run from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Vadodara in Gujarat. The first model of Mahamana Express was inaugurated in January 2016 by PM Modi that runs between New Delhi and Varanasi. The train has been built under the Make in India initiative.

Another Indian Railway official said the trained has been named to honour Hindu Mahasabha president Madan Mohan Malviya, who is also addressed as Mahamana. The journey, which covers a distance of 1,531 km, will take 27 hours and 30 minutes to complete at an average speed of 55.7 km/hr, ministry officials said.

The train, which consists of 18 coaches, boasts of features like modular panels, ergonomically designed ladders to help people climb on the upper berths, aesthetic toilet modules with mirrors, platform washbasins, exhaust fans, controlled discharged water tap, odour control system and dustbins inside all toilets.

The train houses premium interiors and it is made by Hindustan Fibre Glass, a Vadodara based company. The train has 18 coaches including one AC 1st class, two 2nd class AC, eight sleeper, four general, one pantry vehicle and two guard's brake vans. And it has stoppages at stations such as Bharuch, Surat, Amalner, Bhusawal, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni, Satna, and Chheoki as per the reports of Vadodara railways. One of the interesting noticeable things in the train is that it does not have any AC 3 coaches.

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