New Delhi, May 25: In yet another milestone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday virtually flagged off the indigenously-built Vande Bharat Express that connects Dehradun with New Delhi. This is the first Vande Bharat train which has been introduced in Uttarakhand. He also dedicated to the nation, newly electrified rail sections and declared Uttarakhand a 100% electric traction state.
The Prime Minister said that from all over the world people want to come to India to see India and understand its essence. In such a situation there are excellent opportunities for states like Uttarakhand, said the Prime Minister who flagged off the inaugural run of Vande Bharat Express from Dehradun to Delhi via video conferencing.
The Prime Minister said, India is unstoppable now and said that it is advancing and will continue to advance at a speed parallel to that of Vande Bharat. "India is being watched with great hope. The world wants to come to India to see India, and to understand the essence of India, in such a situation there are excellent opportunities for states like Uttarakhand. Vande Bharat train is also going to help Uttarakhand in taking full advantage of this opportunity," he added.
He said that the Government has transformed Indian railways and the dream of high-speed trains has now become a reality. The Prime Minister said that Devbhoomi Uttarakhand will become the centre of attraction for the spiritual consciousness of the whole world in the coming days.
"Devbhoomi will become the centre of attraction for the spiritual consciousness of the whole world in the coming days. We have to shape Uttarakhand's development as per future demands," said PM Modi.
The prime minister said that work on the Char Dham Grand Project with a cost of Rs 12,000 crore is going on at a fast pace. "Work on the Char Dham Grand Project with a cost of Rs 12,000 crore is going on at a fast pace. Since 2014, we have transformed the Indian railways. We began by making the dream of high-speed trains a reality. 6000 km of railway lines are electrified every year compared to 600 km before 2014," said PM Modi.
Congratulating the people of Uttarakhand he said this train will connect the country's capital with Devbhoomi at a faster speed. "This train, running between Delhi and Dehradun, will connect the country's capital with Devbhoomi at a faster speed. Now the time on the train journey between Vande Bharat between Delhi-Dehradun will also be reduced considerably," said PM Modi.
Vande Bharat Express of Uttarakhand:
The train has been built indigenously and is equipped with advanced safety features including the Kavach technology. It has world-class amenities and heralds a new era of comfortable travel experience, especially for the tourists travelling to the state.
An official release said that Indian Railways is on a quest to completely electrify rail routes in the country guided by the vision of the Prime Minister of providing cleaner means of public transport.