The Vande Bharat Express arrived in Varanasi on Sunday almost one and half hours behind schedule on its first commercial run, officials said today.
Meanwhile, the return journey marked one hour fifty minutes delay. The delay was attributed to dense fog in the Ghaziabad-Tundla section.
Railway officials said the train ran at a speed of 60km per hour for the “safety of passengers”.
Officials also said the engineless train ran at an average speed of 130 km per hour after the fog dissipated.
The train reached Varanasi Cantonment station at 3.25 pm instead of its scheduled arrival at 2 pm on February 17. It left for Delhi at 4.25 pm on its return journey.
“This is normal during this time of the year. It was environmental conditions that delayed the train,” said Northern Railway spokesperson Deepak Kumar.
“There was an issue of communication between the last basic unit of 4 coaches and the rest of the train probably due to some external hit. Thereafter, safety features in the train applied brakes,” it said.
Earlier on Saturday, the indigenously built train broke down on its inaugural run to Delhi. The railways reported that the malfunction was due to possible cattle run-over.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off India’s first semi high-speed train.
Integral Coach Factory in Chennai manufactured the Vande Bharat Express. It had covered a distance of 7,000 km in its three trial runs.