India’s fastest train, Vande Bharat Express broke down on Saturday, a day after it was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leaving it stranded around 200 kilometres outside Delhi.
Vande Bharat Express is an engine-less train which was returning, from Varanasi to New Delhi for its first commercial run which was going to be held on Sunday but brakes jammed in one of the last coaches, at about 200 km from the national capital.
According to the railways officials, the train resumed its journey at around 8.15 am, after being at a halt for almost three hours. The train will have to be taken to Delhi to fix the fault and it cannot be driven above 40 km per hour for now, the officials added.
The people travelling in the express were shifted to another train. The train is expected to start its commercial run tomorrow.
At around 5 am, power went out in some coaches on the train. Before coming to a halt at Chamrola station, the Vande Bharat Express had slowed down to a sluggish speed of 10 km per hour.
Also known as Train 18, Vande Bharat Express was flagged off by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, a day after a deadliest terror attack took place in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred. And in the wake of Pulwama terror attack, the government decided to make inauguration of the train a simple affair without any celebrations.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said that by flagging off the train, the country’s fastest, India is sending out a message that that “India’s people and its armed forces do not cow down before terror”.