8th Vande Bharat Express between Secunderabad and Vizag to be flagged off by PM Modi on Sunday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually flag off the country’s 8th and Andhra Pradesh’s 1st semi-high speed train, Vande Bharat Express on the holy occasion of Makar Sankranti on 15th Jan’23.

The inauguration ceremony would be held at Secunderabad Jn. where Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Tourism and Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy, and Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan would be physically attending the flag-off.

Commercial services of the train will begin from Monday 16th Jan and booking has opened, said railway sources.

The Secunderabad–Visakhapatnam train (20834) will start from Secunderabad at 3 PM and would reach Visakhapatnam at 11.30 PM. In between, the train will stop at Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Khammam, and Warangal in both directions, a South Central Railway (SCR) release said.

The indigenously built Vande Bharat train with a max speed of 180kmph comprises 14 AC Chair Car Coaches and two Executive AC Chair Car Coaches with a capacity of 1,128 passengers. It will provide the fastest commute facility between these two stations and has exclusively reserved sitting accommodation, it said.