Stones were pelted on the railway ministry’s flagship project, the Vande Bharat express on Wednesday near Tundla in Uttar Pradesh as it was making its way to Kanpur from New Delhi. This was the second incident of stone pelting this month and third in total.
Stones were pelted on December 20 last year and on February 2 this year – even before the premium train was inaugurated for commercial run. Train 18 was flagged off by Narendra Modi on February 15. The first commercial run took place on February 17.
A day after its inauguration, Vande Bharat Express’ last coach showed some technical glitches after broke down 200 km outside Delhi. The Railways Ministry issued a clarification, “During the transportation back from Varanasi it was stopped at Chamraula station of National Capital Region, about 18 kms after crossing the Tundla station. There was an issue of communication between the last basic unit of 4 coaches and the rest of the train probably due to some external hit. Thereafter, safety features in the train applied brakes. The train was checked for faults and moved to Delhi.”
After the technical break down, Congress President Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at the government saying, “Modi ji, I think Make in India needs a serious rethink. Most people feel it has failed. I assure you we in the Congress are thinking very deeply about how it will be done.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (february 19) hit back at opposition leaders for “targeting and mocking” semi-high speed train Vande Bharat Express, terming it an an “insult” to engineers and technicians.
“Some persons targeting and mocking at semi-high speed train. This is unfortunate. This is an insult to engineers and technicians involved in the project. People should remain alert against such persons who are insulting engineers and technicians and mocking the country,” the PM said while addressing a public meeting.