INDIA’s indigenously manufactured fastest train in ICF Vande Bharat between New Delhi and Varanasi with two halts can achieve maximum speed of 160 kmph due to faster acceleration & deceleration. Journey time between New Delhi and Varanasi will be 8 hours reducing the existing time now by 25% to 45%. Scheduled commute between New Delhi & Varanasi will take approximately 8 hours making it 40-50% faster than the fastest train currently connecting these two cities, Piyush Goyal added..Vande Bharat Express incorporates many modern features which debut for the very first time on Indian Railways. It has been provided with ‘State of the Art’ passenger amenities like On-board wifi entertainment, GPS based passenger information system, CCTVs, bio-vacuum toilets, rotating chairs in executive class, etc. at par with global standards. It also has provision of Divyang-friendly facilities. It will have 16 coaches with Chair Car type configuration with 2 Executive Class Chair Cars and 14 Chair Cars. Further, it has intelligent braking system with power regeneration for better energy efficiency thereby making it cost, energy and environment efficient. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been requested to flag off this train. This is a momentous progress towards New India, Goyal said. “We wanted it (Train 18) to have a special identity that is connected to India and is venerated by 125 crore Indians. We crowd sourced the name suggestions, and I thank them all.” “We chose one name – Vande Bharat Express” he said.He said that Train 18 was designed in the country, and built by engineers at the Integrated Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai in a span of 18 months. “It shall run between New Delhi and Varanasi with stoppages at Kanpur and Allahabad (now renamed Prayagraj). It is an example that it’s possible to make world class trains under the Make in India initiative,” he said.He also said that the Railways has approached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) seeking time for the launch of Tain 18, which is likely in February after the presentation of Budget.