Day After Being Inaugurated by PM Modi, Vande Bharat Express Breaks Down
Per reports, there was a rattling sound, a foul smell and some smoke followed by a dead halt.
Merely a day after it was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the New Delhi Railway Station, India’s fastest train Vande Bharat Express, also known as Train 18, reportedly broke down early on the morning of Saturday, February 16.
The Indian Express reported that the train was returning to Delhi from Varanasi for its scheduled first commercial run when the brakes in the last few coaches coach jammed. Much before the train came to a halt, a rattling sound, smoke and a foul smell was observed in the last few coaches. Then, power went out in all the coaches engineers restarted the train at 10 kmph.
The report added that the engineers were describing to official that the parking breaks and holding brakes of the coaches had jammed and that there was a “charging failure”.
Engineers reportedly decided to release the jammed breaks and run the train at 10 kmph, however, the rattling sound remained and the engineers then decided to run it at 40 kmph but that did not work either, reported IE.
Per the IE report, the train was then brought to a complete halt near Chamraula, about 200 kms from Delhi.
The first commercial run of the train is on Sunday.
The train has been a source of major embarrassment for the Narendra Modi government. Ahead of its launch, Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal was mocked for posting a misleading, sped-up video of the train. The Prime Minister’s photo op at the inauguration of the train on Saturday was also condemned widely as it was conducted less than 24 hours after the Pulwama attack.