Kollam: Kerala is all set to get Vande Bharat Express, the semi-high speed train that will serve from Thiruvananthapuram division. It is learned that Kerala will receive two rakes, one unit comprising 16 passenger cars and with a seating capacity of 1,128.
Meanwhile, the Railway Board has directed authorities to start preparations for the service in Thiruvananthapuram. A facility will be constructed in Thiruvananthapuram for managing and repairing the two rakes.
Due to existing railway track conditions in Kerala, Vande Bharat Express trains will not be able to run at the envisaged speed. As a result, the Ministry of Railways has decided to run trains through Kerala even if the speed is reduced a little.
Construction of specially designed Vande Bharat trains is progressing at the Chennai Integral Coach Factory. The construction of the first train will be completed by August.
The railway is planning to induct 75 trains to various railway zones before August 2023. The Thiruvananthapuram division will receive train in the second phase only.
Earlier, BJP leaders from the state had also asked Railway minister Aswini Vaishnaw to allow Vande Bharat trains for Kerala.
Vande Bharat rakes will be allotted to Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli and Thiruvananthapuram under the Southern Railway.