Q. Consider the following statements regarding Vande Bharat Train
1. These are engineless semi-high speed trains.
2. About 80 percent of the train is built indigenously and rest is imported.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A

Recently, Indian Railways has planned to operate 102 Vande Bharat trains by March 2024. 

About Vande Bharat Train: 

  • Vande Bharat is India’s first indigenously built engineless semi-high speed train. Earlier, it was known by the name Train 18. (Statement 1 is correct) 
  • The train has been built by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, in a record time of 20 months. 
  • The train is a 100% ‘Make in India’ project and is claimed to be built at half the cost of a similar train set that is imported. (Statement 2 is incorrect) 

Source: 102 Vande Bharat trains to be operational by 2024