NEW DELH: In a swipe at the Congress and Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said there were people who were “hell-bent” on denting his image and have gone so far as “giving supari (contract)” and colluding with others inside and outside the country to achieve their goal.
“Since 2014, there are some people who have publicly announced their aim to destroy Modi’s image. For this, they have given ‘supari’ to others. Some are working within India and some are abroad but they don’t know that common Indians are my ‘Suraksha Kavach’,” PM Modi told a gathering in Bhopal.
Delhi-Bhopal Vande Bharat Express: Timings, journey time, route & more
<p>Delhi-Bhopal Vande Bharat Express: PM Modi flagged off the new Vande Bharat Express train between Bhopal & Delhi on April 1, 2023. Take a look at the train number, route, timings & other details of the new train between Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin and Bhopal’s Rani Kamlapati station:</p>
<p>Delhi-Bhopal Vande Bharat Express: PM Modi flagged off the new Vande Bharat Express between Bhopal & Delhi on April 1, 2023. Take a look at the train number, route, timings & other details of the new train between Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin and Bhopal’s Rani Kamlapati station:</p>
<p>Train number 20171 Rani Kamlapati-Hazrat Nizamuddin Vande Bharat Express will depart from the Bhopal railway station at 5:40 AM to reach Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Junction at 1:10 PM, taking 7 hours and 30 minutes.</p>
<p>Vande Bharat Express: In the return direction, Train number 20172 will depart from Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Junction at 2:40 PM and reach Bhopal’s Rani Kamlapati railway station at 10:10 PM taking 7 hours and 30 minutes.</p>
<p>The Bhopal-Delhi-Bhopal Vande Bharat Express will run on all days of the week except on Saturdays. It will cover a distance of 701 kilometres.</p>
<p>Enroute Rani Kamlapati-Hazrat Nizamuddin-Rani Kamlapati Vande Bharat Express will stop at Virangana Lakshmibai Jhansi station, Gwalior and Agra Cantt stations in both directions.</p>
<p>The Delhi-Bhopal Vande Bharat Express will commence regular service from April 2, 2023 while the Bhopal-Delhi Vande Bharat Express will start regular service from April 3, 2023.</p>
<p>The Rani Kamlapati-Hazrat Nizamuddin Vande Bharat Express will be Indian Railways’ 11th Vande Bharat train. </p>
<p>Vande Bharat Express is an all air-conditioned chair car train service and a more premium version of the Shatabdi Express trains.</p>
<p>Vande Bharat Express trains have a design speed of 180 kmph and a permissible operational speed of 160 kmph, making them premium semi-high speed train services.</p>
<p>Indian Railways hopes to introduce a total of 75 Vande Bharat Express chair car trains in the coming months and is already working on the design for the sleeper version of this modern train.</p>
PM Modi was in Madhya Pradesh to flag off the Bhopal-Delhi Vande Bharat Express train. The semi-high speed train was flagged off from Rani Kamalapati railway station in the presence of railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Madhya Pradesh Governor Mangu Bhai Patel and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
While addressing the gathering after flagging off the premium service, PM Modi said the aim of his government was to transform the railway sector and make travel convenient for citizens. “Previous governments were busy with public appeasement. But this government is dedicated to satisfying people’s needs and aspirations … Vande Bharat express train showcases the skill, potential and confidence of our nation,” he said.
In another potshot at the Congress, the PM said: “They (the previous governments) considered one family as the first family of the country and ignored the poor and middle class. Railways is a living example of this.”
This is the 11th Vande Bharat Express service on the Indian Railway network and will run on all days except Saturday.
Assembly polls are scheduled to be held in MP at the end of the year.
(With inputs from agencies)