Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat off to flying start, almost fully booked on maiden run

During the first commercial run of the Vande Bharat Express between Mumbai and Gandhinagar stations on Saturday, more than 96 percent of seats were reserved, according to a Western Railway (WR) official. On Friday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi signaled for the train to depart from Gandhinagar. He also rode it from Gandhinagar to Kalupur station in Ahmedabad. The new train booking only started on Thursday. Sumit Thakur, the head of WR’s PR department, reported that 1,086 of the Vande Bharat train’s 1,123 seats, or 96.70 percent, were reserved between Mumbai and Gandhinagar stations.

All seats in the executive chair car and 96.37 percent of the seats in the train’s chair car were booked on the first run between Mumbai and Gandhinagar, he said. A Vande Bharat train has 1,123 seats, of which 104 seats in the executive chair car and 1,019 seats in the chair car. Of these seats, all 104 seats in the executive chair trolley and 982 seats in the chair trolley were reserved, Thakur added.

The train will run six days a week, except on Sundays. On Friday’s first run of the train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai stations, 313 passengers, excluding press officers, traveled along.

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The train, which connects the capitals Maharashtra and Gujarat, is the third Vande Bharat Express. The first such train was started on New Delhi-Varanasi route while the second was started on New Delhi-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra route.

According to Thakur, passengers are required to pay Rs 1,275 for a seat car ticket and Rs 2,455 for an executive chair car ticket for the Gandhinagar-Mumbai Central journey. For the Mumbai Central-Gandhinagar trip, a seat car ticket costs Rs 1,440 and an executive chair car ticket costs Rs 2,650. The difference in the fare for two rides was due to catering costs, an official said.

With inputs from PTI

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