GUWAHATI: With the operation of the State-of-the-art Vande Bharat Express in Assam, people of Northeast, Assam in particular are experiencing speed and comfort while travelling by rail. The indigenously manufactured Vande Bharat Express is transforming rail travel in the country. Northeast first Vande Bharat was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 29. The Vande Bharat train have registered exceptional occupancy rates from the originating station as well as at enroute stations since its inauguration.
Train no. 22227/22228 (New Jalpaiguri – Guwahati – New Jalpaiguri) Vande Bharat Express connecting New Jalpaiguri with the Gateway to the Northeast, Guwahati, has greatly reduced the average travel time of passengers of both the directions by nearly one and half hour. Welcomed by traders and businessmen apart from various sections of people around New Cooch Behar, New Alipurduar, Kokrajhar and New Bongaigaon, the service is registering good patronage since its introduction.
Train no. 22227 (New Jalpaiguri – Guwahati) Vande Bharat Express has registered 96.93% occupancy and train no. 22228 (Guwahati – New Jalpaiguri) Vande Bharat Express has registered an average occupancy of 93% since its inception till September 13.
This new age train has enhanced the connectivity between the two states and various neighbouring cities. The train has proven to be a boon for the rail commuters who travel frequently in this route as the train is a convenient and time-saving option for travellers, stated a press release.