Hours after it was flagged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Vande Bharat Express, India’s fastest train, broke down this morning.
The train was on the way back from Varanasi and travelling at a much slower speed than usual, it was informed.
The train reached Delhi in the afternoon, confirmed Railway Ministry sources, which attributed the disruption to a possible cattle run-over.
The engine-less train, formerly known as Train 18, was returning from Varanasi after its inaugural run and broke down about 200 km from the capital at around 6 am.
The train had to be brought to Delhi to fix the fault and it cannot be driven above 40 km per hour for now, sources
The people on board, mostly railways officials and journalists, were shifted to another train.
The train is expected to start its commercial run tomorrow.At around 5 am today, the power went out in some coaches on the train.
Before coming to a halt at Chamrola station, the Vande Bharat Express had slowed down to a sluggish speed of 10 km per hour.