Varanasi: The third Mahamana Express between Vadodara and Varanasi was flagged off today by PM Narendra Modi.
The first run of the train was inaugurated remotely by Modi from Varanasi while Railway Minister Piyush Goyal joined him through video link from Vadodara along with Manoj Sinha from Surat.
The maiden journey of the train was from Vadodara to Varanasi.
Despite of the win from both the places in the 2014 elections, he chose to represent Varanasi in Parliament.
The Modi government had unveiled the first rake of the Mahamana Express as part of railways’ Model Rake Project in 2016.
The Mahamana Express with plush interiors — built under the Make in India initiative — currently runs on two routes, Varanasi-New Delhi and Bhopal-Khajuraho.
The new weekly train will run from Varanasi every Friday and from Vadodara every Wednesday. The 1,531-km journey between the two cities will take 27 hour 30 minutes at an average speed of 55.7 km/hr, ministry officials said.
The features of the Mahamana Express include modular panels, ergonomically-designed ladders for climbing to the upper berths, snack tables for side berths, windows with power Venetian blinds and roller blinds. The train also has aesthetically appealing toilet modules with big mirror, platform washbasin, controlled discharged water tap, odour control system, exhaust fan and dustbin inside the toilets.
The new train also has LED lighting across all 18 coaches – one AC 1st class, two 2nd class AC, eight sleeper, four general, one pantry car and two guard brake vans. There is no AC-3 tier coach in the train.
Mahamana Express is named after the nationalist leader Madan Mohan Malviya, who was also addressed as Mahamana.