HM Amit Shah flags off Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express

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New Delhi: New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah inside a coach of the semi -high-speed train Vande Bharat Express before its flags off ceremony at New Delhi Railway Station, in New Delhi, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The first commercial run of the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will be on October 5 and booking of tickets is open on the IRCTC website. The train will bring down the travel time between Delhi and Katra, the last station on the way to Vaishno Devi temple, to eight hours from 12 hours. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah inside a coach of the semi -high-speed train Vande Bharat Express before its flags off ceremony at New Delhi Railway Station, in New Delhi, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The first commercial run of the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will be on October 5 and booking of tickets is open on the IRCTC website. The train will bring down the travel time between Delhi and Katra, the last station on the way to Vaishno Devi temple, to eight hours from 12 hours. (PTI Photo)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday flagged off the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express from the New Delhi Railway Station and said it was a “big gift” for Jammu and Kashmir’s development.

Amit Shah also said that Article 370 was the “biggest roadblock” in the state’s development and within 10 years, it will be one of the most developed regions of the country.

“Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express is a big gift for Jammu and Kashmir’s development and for promoting religious tourism,” said Shah, who was accompanied by Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Ministers Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Ministers Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Train number 22439 New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will depart from the New Delhi Railway Station at 6 am to reach Katra at 2 pm. En route, the train will halt at Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi for two minutes each.

On the return journey the same day, train number 22440 Katra-New Delhi Vande Bharat Express will leave from the Katra Railway Station at 3 pm to reach the New Delhi Railway Station at 11 pm.

Train 18 will ply on all days of the week except for Tuesday.

“Railways will connect the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari before 15th August 2022,” said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

Amit Shah also said that “Railways should document its relationship with Mahatma Gandhi as it forms a significant episode in the freedom struggle.”.

This is the second Vande Bharat Express, the first runs between Delhi and Varanasi.

(PTI)