Basin Bridge is getting dedicated pit lines to maintain Vande Bharat (VB) trains.
Story so far: The third rake of VB was recently rolled out of the ICF. It’s undergoing trials and is expected to be in service by November or December between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Railways are planning to launch 102 VB trains, and 13 will be maintained in Chennai.
- The six-rake facility at the Basin Bridge coach depot is being developed for ₹19 crores. The railways are planning to launch 75 VB trains by August next year.
- Since VB trains run at 130 kmph, the tracks need to be upgraded. It includes closing level crossing gates, rail over bridges, and subways.
What’s next? There could be a Chennai-Bengaluru VB Express. It’s being considered for operating the fourth rake. If it does happen, it’ll replace the current Shatabdi Express.
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