Seventy-five Vande Bharat trains will connect every corner of India in 75 weeks, PM Modi said on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that 75 ‘Vande Bharat’ trains will connect different parts of the country in 75 weeks to mark the ongoing ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 75th Independence Day on Sunday, he said, “The country has resolved that 75 Vande Bharat trains will be connecting every corner of the country in 75 weeks of Amrit Mahotsav of Independence.”
Prime Minister said it is unprecedented the way the UDAN scheme was connecting far-flung areas of the country and the speed at which new airports are being built.
The indigenous semi-high speed Vande Bharat train-set is being given a boost, with the Railways gearing to roll out at least 10 of them, linking around 40 cities, by August 2022 to commemorate 75 years of Independence.
Hyderabad-based engineering firm Medha, which in February secured the contract to supply the electrical systems for 44 Vande Bharat trains, has now been told to advance its production plan so that at least two prototypes can be rolled out by next March following all trials.
The Prime Minister also talked about boosting rail connectivity in the northeast region, saying it is significant for the entire country.
Today, we are in the process of writing a new history as far as connectivity to the northeast is concerned. This connectivity is both between hearts and infrastructure.
“Very soon the job of connecting the capital cities of the northeastern states by rail will be completed,” Modi said.
As of today, except Sikkim, all northeastern states are connected to the rail network. The capital cities of Assam, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh are already connected, while the work to link the capital cities of Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya is underway.
Keeping coronavirus-induced delays in mind, officials said that connectivity to the region will be achieved by 2024.
From voicing the pain of partition to lauding the nation for showing courage during the Covid-19 pandemic to speaking about development in various sectors of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted various aspects of India while delivering a speech on the occasion of 75th Independence Day.
PM Modi laid out a blueprint of India’s development journey and said, “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayaas’ is very important for the achievement of all our goals.” He further said India has to march ahead with new pledges for the next 25 years.”
PM Modi also said that PM Gati Shakti Plan will be launched in the coming days. Gati Shakti is a 100 lakh crore national infrastructure master plan which will make a foundation for holistic infrastructure and give an integrated pathway to our economy, he said.