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 Pratik Das, Pune

A technical glitch in the rake of the Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express on Friday has made the railways change it with the one used by the Yuva Express, resulting in an hour delay.

Passengers also protested the change, and they said that the Yuva Express did not have all the facilities that Vande Bharat has and what they have paid for, resulting in changing the desires of the passengers for travelling in the train with modern facilities.

A senior official of the Eastern Railway said that due to the glitch in the underwear of the rake, it had to be replaced, and as the Vande Bharat rake was not found to be fitting, it was replaced by the rake used in Yuva Express, all of these changes resulted in a delay of one hour in departure.

Among the passengers on the train was the Governor of West Bengal, C.V. Ananda Bose, who was travelling to Malda to meet the families of the migrant workers who died in the Mizoram rail bridge collapse.

BJP MP & State BJP President Sukanta Majumdar stated that this glitch is not expected in trains like Vande Bharat. “ I will bring the matter to the notice of the railway minister,” said Sukanta Majumdar, BJP State President.

Vande Bharat Express is a semi-high-speed train first launched in 2019, also known as Train 18, managed by Indian Railways. It is equipped with homegrown “Kavach Technology”.

They can travel at a maximum of 180 km/hr but are currently running at 160 km/hr, with each coach equipped with fire detection and communication systems.