Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that 75 'Vande Bharat' trains will connect different parts of the country in 75 weeks to mark the ongoing 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'.
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 75th Independence Day on Sunday, he said, "The country has resolved that 75 Vande Bharat trains will be connecting every corner of the country in 75 weeks of Amrit Mahotsav of Independence."
Prime Minister said it is unprecedented the way UDAN scheme was connecting far-flung areas of the country and the speed at which new airports are being built.
The indigenous semi-high speed Vande Bharat train-set, is being given a boost, with the Railways gearing to roll out at least 10 of them, linking around 40 cities, by August 2022 to commemorate 75 years of Independence.
Hyderabad-based engineering firm Medha, which in February secured the contract to supply the electrical systems for 44 Vande Bharat trains, has now been told to advance its production plan, so that at least two prototypes can be rolled out by next March following all trials.
The Prime Minister also talked about boosting rail connectivity in the northeast region, saying it is significant for the entire country.