Indian Railways will soon introduce a Vande Bharat Express train between Bihar’s Patna and West Bengal’s Howrah. The semi-high-speed train is expected to start its operation between the two states in the first or second week of August.
The Patna-Howrah Vande Bharat Express is expected to run at a speed of 90 km per hour to 110 km and will cover a total distance of 535 km in about seven hours. This will be the second Vande Bharat Express that will run in Bihar after the introduction of the Patna-Ranchi Vande Bharat on June 27.
The fare of the train has not been finalised yet but is likely to be Rs 2,650 per passenger for the AC Executive Class and Rs 1,450 for AC Chair Car which includes meals. The railways have not yet worked out the actual stoppages also but are likely to be only two stops at West Bengal’s Asansol and Jharkhand’s Jasidih.
East Central Railway (ECR) chief public relation officer said that a high-level meeting was held between the ECR headquarters and senior railway officials of the Danapur section via video conference on Sunday to work on the operational structure of the Vande Bharat Express on the Patna-Howrah route.