Vande Bharat Train: In view of the train accident in Odisha, the flagging off ceremony of Goa-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express at Madgaon station has been cancelled. Konkan Railway officials have given this information on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to flag off the Goa-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express via video conference on Saturday morning, while Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav was to be present at Madgaon station for the ceremony. Officials said the Railway Minister will now visit the accident site in Odisha and the ceremony has been cancelled.
Will be the 19th Vande Bharat train
Let us tell you that this will be the 19th Vande Bharat Express train of the country, which will run between Madgaon in Goa and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai, but now it has been decided to cancel this program. PM Modi was about to flag off this train through video conference.
On May 29, the 18th Vande Bharat was flagged off.
Earlier, on May 29, PM Modi had flagged off Assam’s first and the country’s 18th Vande Bharat Express train. The indigenously built train equipped with advanced safety features including world-class amenities and technology will also boost tourism in both the states, the PMO said.
At least 70 people were killed in a train accident
involving the derailment of the Coromandel Express and the Bengaluru-Howrah Express train and a collision with a goods train in Odisha’s Balasore district on Friday evening. While about 350 passengers were injured, due to which the Vande Bharat program has been canceled today.
Railway official gave information
A railway official said that several coaches of Howrah-bound 12864 Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express derailed at Bahanaga market and fell on another track. “These derailed coaches collided with the 12841 Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express and its coaches also overturned,” he said, adding that the accident took place around 7 pm.