Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the second day of this two-day Gujarat visit on Sunday flagged off Udhna-Jaynagar Antyodaya Express through video link from Bharuch. PM Modi after inaugurating the Antyodaya Express said that the train is a concept of providing convenience to common people. It will also make easier for people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to go home for Chhath Puja.
Hailing the initiative taken by the Indian Railways, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said further said, “Antyodaya Express connects people, particularly helps those who are from UP, Bihar and work away from their home. It is a commendable initiative by the Rail Ministry of India.”
Indian Railway’s designed Antyodaya Express is a completely unreserved train with general coaches. Antyodaya Express, apart from the particular route Udhna-Jaynagar, which has been today inaugurated by the Prime Minister Modi is also availing its services currently on other routes. On some routes, the train offers an overnight journey.
Here is all you need to know about Antyodaya Express train stations, facilities and features:
- The train will have completely unreserved and General coaches.
- Charging ports for charging electronic devices such as mobiles, laptops etc will be available inside train coaches.
- Taking environment cleanliness into concern, the compartments of the train are fitted with Bio toilets.
- The exterior of coaches are having a futuristic look with the use of Vinyl sheets.
- Safety measures in compartments such as introduction of smoke alarms and CCTV cameras, Aquaguard water vending machines, Coat hangers and Braille Indicators are also present in the train.
- Antyodaya Express will run with 18-19 coaches at a time and will have halt at 23 stations.
- Antyodaya Express will pass from some major stations like Jalgaon Junction, Bhusaval Junction, Khandwa Junction, Itarsi, Jabalpur Junction, Katni Junction, Satna Junction, Mirzapur, Mughal Sarai Junction, Buxar, Patna Junction and Darbhanga Junction.
- First proposed in the 2016 Railway Budget, the Antyodaya Express trains have been designed to run on routes having maximum density of passengers.
PM Modi apart from inaugurating Antyodaya Express train, also laid foundation stones for various development projects during his two-day visit to the poll-bound state of Gujarat. Earlier on October 7, while speaking at the foundation ceremony of a bridge between Okha and Bet Dwarka, PM Modi had said, “I see Gujarat contributing actively to the development of India and congratulate the Gujarat Government.”