Cow on railway track: India’s ‘fastest’ train breaks down after 18 KM of travel
The semi-fast train was inaugurated by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The train has been reportedly broken down because there was a cow on the railway track. Indian media is reporting that it was the inaugural run of the “fastest” train of India.
The breakdown occurred around 18 kilometers from Tundla junction in Uttar Pradesh
The official statement:
Indian Railway officials are saying that it was because “skidding wheels”. The train will be taking its first commercial run on Sunday, Feb 17th. All of the tickets have been already sold.
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Here is what the ministry has Tweeted:
India’s First Semi High Speed train Vande Bharat Express completed its inaugural trip to Varanasi and returned back to New Delhi. Looking forward to its regular run from tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Q8IppxIbxX
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) February 16, 2019
Where did it stop?
With several journalists on board, the train was stuck at Tundla for over an hour.
Hitting a cow:
Railways Min: Vande Bharat Express was standing 18km from Tundla since 6.30 am. There seems to be disruption due to a possible cattle run over. It wasn’t a scheduled commercial run. Commercial ops begin from 17 Feb. After removing obstacle, journey to Delhi resumed around 8.15 am pic.twitter.com/jxLBD9Cg8v
— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2019
According to this Indian Journalist, the train was stuck because it hit a cow.
That the indigenous train Vande Bharat Express (formerly known as Train 18), which was on its way from Varanasi to Delhi, days after it was flagged off by PM Modi, broke down after hitting a cow somehow sums up the last 5 years of this government
— Jairaj Singh (@JairajSinghR) February 16, 2019
The smoke coming out of train:
One day after Modi inaugurated India’s fastest train..
Complete power failure in four coaches, smoke coming out, major technical break down in the train.
This is what happens when a govt cares more about SHOW-OFF than real implementation! https://t.co/jWonTlS5Yd
— Dhruv Rathee (@dhruv_rathee) February 16, 2019
Criticism from Indian citizens:
Like Ro Ro Ferry in Gujarat, Vande Bharat Express also broke down hours after operations began
The precise problem with this government is for them event is bigger than content
Code of conduct se pehle, kuch bhi inaugurate karlo. Passenger safety gaya tel lene
— Sid (@sidmtweets) February 16, 2019
It’s a bird…it’s a plane… no it’s Vande Bharat Express breaking down a day after its launch. From “lightening” speed to powerless and going nowhere for now. 🤦♀️https://t.co/nz4BTMbErW
— Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) February 16, 2019
The train is a flagship program of “Make in India” project. The journalists on the train moved to another one after it broke down.