India’s first locally built fastest train breaks down a day after launch

India’s fastest train have reportedly broke down on its first trip; a day after being inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The first locally built semi high-speed train Vande Bharat Express was travelling back from Varanasi in northern Uttar Pradesh when it broke down about 200 kilometres from New Delhi. It resumed its journey after two hours before coming to a halt again.

The train reached a speed of 180km/hr (110mph) during trials.

Image via Indian Rail Videos’ YouTube account

It further stated that the train was stopped at Chamraula station of National Capital Region as there was an issue of communication between the last basic unit of four coaches and the rest of the train due to some external hit.

“During the transportation back from Varanasi it was stopped at Chamraula station of National Capital Region, about 18 kms after crossing 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,” the ministry stated.

Image via Anirudh Jolly’ YouTube account

The statement further read that the train has been examined to rectify the defect in communication that occurred enroute.

The new train service is expected to start its commercial run Sunday and is expected to reduce the travel time between Delhi and Varanasi by six hours.