Hon’ble Prime Minister flagged off Kerala’s first Vande Bharat Express between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod today
Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India flagged off Vande Bharat Express between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod, the first Vande Bharat service in the state of Kerala today, 25th April 2023 from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway station. Earlier, Hon’ble Prime Minister interacted with the school children onboard Vande Bharat Express. Shri Arif Mohammed Khan, Hon’ble Governor of Kerala, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Union Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & IT, Dr. Sashi Tharoor, Hon’ble Member of Parliament and other dignitaries participated in the above event held at Thiruvananthapuram today.
In order to provide an opportunity to children, rail enthusiasts and general public to get a glimpse of the prestigious train service, the inaugural special of Thiruvananthapuram Central – Kasaragod Vande Bharat Express was provided stoppages at 14 railway stations enroute. The train is receiving overwhelming reception at the enroute stations with students, railfans and general public joining the festivities. Special welcome is being accorded at many of the stations with Kerala’s traditional Kathakali, Mohiniyattam performances and Panchavadhyam, an orchestra of five musical instruments.
Further, Souvenir passes for travel in the inaugural special Vande Bharat Express have been issued to press & media, rail fans and school children, among others. School children from various schools in Kerala who were winners of ‘Vande Bharat’ essay and painting competitions were given an opportunity to travel in the inaugural service today.
This Vande Bharat Express between the state capital Thiruvananthapuram and historical town Kasaragod is the first Vande Bharat exclusively serving the state of Kerala. Reaching the destination in about 8 hrs and 5 minutes from both ends, this premium service will reduce the average travel time between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod by almost three hours. The service interlinks almost the entire stretch of Kerala from South to North offering faster connectivity to enroute destinations such as Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Thrissur, Shoranur Junction, Kozhikode and Kannur.