PM Modi to flag off new Vande Bharat trains on June 20: Sleeper trains from Aug 15

The project also moots cab arrival/departure facilities to passengers at stations; wheelchairs and buggy drive assistance. Photo: Shutterstock/PradeepGaurs

Two new Vande Bharat trains are all set to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 20. Modi will visit Chennai on the day to launch the trains. The Madurai - Bengaluru Express, the weekly Chennai - Egmore Nagercoil Express, another weekly Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil Express and the Nagercoil - Chennai weekly Express are the trains to be launched on the day.  Meanwhile, the Vande Bharat sleeper trains will be out for trial runs from August 15. The Vande Metro trial run will also start soon. 
Features of sleeper
The Railway has said in the past that special attention is being paid to passengers' comfort in sleeper trains. The foot area of the ladder to enter the train has been improved for passengers for easy entry. Toilets have new designs and air-conditioning also has better control. The seat cushion is better with latest technology. Oxygen level will be maintained and 99.99 per cent of the virus will be eliminated. This new-age train has better safety features when compared to the mail/express trains running currently, according to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav. 
In other developed countries, the manufacturing cost of one coach with similar amenities comes to around Rs 10 crore. However, the one Vande Bharat Sleeper Coach cost comes to around Rs 8-9 crore because a lot of work has been happening in-house with our manpower and technology. 

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