On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off nine Vande Bharat trains, taking the total count of the new-age train service to 34 pairs (68 train sets). Draped in a saffron and grey livery, the latest Vande Bharat also has some internal improvements.
With the 2024 general elections nearing, the Centre looks to expedite achieving its committed goal — roll out of 75 Vande Bharat trains. The ministry of railways had looked to roll out 75 trains by Independence Day this year, but missed its target by a wide margin, having launched the train service on 25 routes.
The Centre is also working on sleeper Vande Bharat trains, after which the flagship train could be seen on longer routes.