PM Narendra Modi today flagged off the Varanasi-Vadodara Mahamana Express – the train, which will cover the 1,531-km distance in 27 hours and 30 minutes, is the third of its kind launched as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

There are two Mahamana Express trains in service already, each on Varanasi-New Delhi route and Bhopal-Khajuraho route. And the Varanasi-Vadodara Mahamana Express is from Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency as he gifted people another train with plush interiors. The train was inaugurated for its service through video conferencing, with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal present at the Vadodara Railway Station and Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha in Surat. The train will connect prime minister’s constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh with Surat and Vadodara in Gujarat.

It is a weekly train that will run from Varanasi every Friday and from Vadodara every Wednesday. Among the selected stops of this express train are – Gujarat’s Bharuch and Surat; Maharashtra’s Amalner and Bhusawal; Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni and Satna in Madhya Pradesh and Chheoki in Uttar Pradesh. It will have 18 coaches – one AC First Class coach, two Second AC, eight sleepers and four general coaches; no AC-3 tier coach. With best sanitation facilities with platform washbasins in toilets, bigger mirrors, an odour controlled system, dustbins and exhaust fans – it will ensure hygienic and premium travel experience.

The high-class train will include features like well-designed ladders for climbing to upper berths, convenient snack tables for side berths, LED reading lights and LED lights as berth indicators and the elegant venetian blinds and roller blinds used for the windows. Coaches will be equipped with fire extinguishers in all coaches and an electrically operated chimney in pantry car. Ready, set, go travel.