The RTI filed by Madhya Pradesh-based Chandra Shekhar Gaur revealed that the average speed of the Vande Bharat Express trains was 84.48 kmph in 2021-22 and 81.38 kmph in 2022-23, despite it being built to hit 180 kmph.
India’s fastest train ‘Vande Bharat Express’ has been running at an average speed of around 83 kmph over the last two years despite being capable of hitting a maximum of 180 kmph owing to poor track conditions, a reply to an RTI query has revealed. The RTI, filed by Madhya Pradesh-based Chandra Shekhar Gaur, said the average speed of the semi high-speed train was 84.48 kmph in 2021-22, while the same was 81.38 kmph in 2022-23.
The Vande Bharat Express is an electric multiple-unit train operated by the Indian Railways. It was designed by the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) and manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), located in Chennai.
The Vande Bharat trains, built to run at a speed of 180 kmph, have been capped at 130 kmph for commercial operations due to track conditions, officials said, adding that the trains are unable to hit even this speed limit over most stretches in the network.
The officials asserted that the speed of such trains varies depending on the track conditions.
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