Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express on Thursday just about, a South Eastern Railway official said.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw will grace the programme at Puri station, from the place the prepare will begin its inaugural run, he mentioned on Wednesday.
The Howrah-Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express will probably be flagged off from Puri at around 1 pm on Thursday by the Prime Minister in virtual mode, the SER official said.
This is the second Vande Bharat Express that West Bengal is getting after the Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express.
The preparation will cover the 500 km distance between Howrah and Puri in round six and a half hours.
With Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath, being a very fashionable vacation spot for tourists from Bengal and particularly Kolkata and its surroundings as each a pilgrimage and a beach resort city, the semi-high velocity prepare is prone to be an instant hit amongst travellers, by travel agents.
Regular run of the 22895/22896 Howrah-Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express will begin from May 20, the official mentioned.
The train will run six days every week, besides Thursdays, he added.
The train will depart Howrah at 6.10 am and reach Puri at 12.35 pm and within the return route, it would depart Puri at 1.50 pm and arrive at Howrah at 8.30 pm.
The preparation, with 16 coaches, will cease at Kharagpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur Keonjhar Road, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, and Khurda Road, the official said.