Good news for passengers! Indian Railways is operating a special Vande Bharat Express train service in West Bengal to cater to the increased demand during this festive season. The train is running between Howrah and New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station. It is being maintained and managed by the Eastern Railway (ER) zone. This special train will be in service till November 29, 2023.
With this, the national transporter has operated a total of three Vande Bharat Express Special trains on its routes during the festive season. These are- New Delhi-Patna Junction- New Delhi, Chennai Egmore-Tirunelveli-Chennai Egmore, and Howrah-New Jalpaiguri-Howrah routes.
Generation of reserved seats in Howrah-New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express:-
With the running of the special Vande Bharat Express service between Howrah and New Jalpaiguri and vice versa, the Eastern Railway zone has generated an additional 6768 seats. This is providing much-needed relief to the surge in passenger numbers during this festive period.
Distance and Travel Time of Howrah-New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express Special:-
The train number 02301/02302 Howrah-New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express Special covers a distance of 561 kms in seven hours and 30 minutes. This is the fastest train on the route followed by Shatabdi Express and Saraighat Express. Both the trains cover the same distance in 08:30 hrs and 09:00 hrs respectively.
Composition and frequency of Howrah-New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express Special:-
The Howrah-New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express Special is a train set of 16 Coaches consisting of Executive Class and Chair Car coaches. This special train operates only on Wednesday.
Stoppages of Howrah-New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express Special:-
During its journey between two stations, this semi-high speed train stops at three railway stations. These are – Bolpur Shantiniketan, Malda Town, and Barsoi Junction.
Significance of Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express Special:-
The introduction of Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express Special train aims to facilitate the travel plans of passengers who are willing to explore Darjeeling, the hill city and its adjoining areas during the ongoing festive season. Due to the popularity of this new age train, the journey between the two stations will be comfortable and delightful.