PM Narendra Modi To Flag Off Mahamana Express Today

PM Narendra Modi To Flag Off Mahamana Express Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the Mahamana Express on Friday, when he visits his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi for a two-day tour.

Built under the Make in India initiative, the country’s third Mahamana Express will connect Varanasi with Surat and Vadodara in Gujarat. Here’s what you need to know about the deluxe train:

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the country’s third Mahamana Express from his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi today, he said in a tweet last night.

2. The deluxe train, which will connect Varanasi with Surat and Vadodara in Gujarat, will be launched at 3.30 pm by the Prime Minister using a remote control via videoconferencing.3. In its maiden journey, the train will be run as a special train departing from Vadodara on Friday and reaching Varanasi on Saturday. Union Railways minister Piyush Goyal would be present in Vadodara and Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha would be there at Surat.4. The new weekly train will start from Varanasi every Friday and from Vadodara every Wednesday. The 1,531-km journey between the two cities will take 27 hours and 30 minutes.

5. The Mahamana Express will have 18 coaches – one AC 1st Class coach, two Second AC, eight sleeper and four general coaches, one pantry car and two guard brake vans. There is no AC-3 tier coach in the train.

6. With plush interiors, the Mahamana Express includes ergonomically designed ladders for climbing to upper berths, snack tables for side berths, windows with powered venetian blinds and roller blinds, LED lights as berth indicators and LED reading lights. It also comes with fire extinguishers in all coaches and an electrically operated chimney in the pantry car.

7. Offering passengers the best sanitation facilities, the train’s toilets have platform washbasins, bigger mirrors, an odour control system, exhaust fans and dustbins.

8. The train will traverse four states and has scheduled stops at Bharuch and Surat in Gujarat; Amalner and Bhusawal in Maharashtra; Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni and Satna in Madhya Pradesh; and Chheoki in Uttar Pradesh, before terminating at Varanasi.

9. Built under the Make in India initiative, the Mahamana Express currently runs on the Varanasi-New Delhi and Bhopal-Khajuraho routes.

10. The train is named after former Hindu Mahasabha president Madan Mohan Malviya, who was also addressed as ‘Mahamana’.

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