Vande Bharat Express: A day after the Vande Bharat Express on the Gandhinagar-Mumbai route collided with a cow near Anand station in Gujarat, the train rammed a herd of buffaloes. Officials said there was only one dent in the front bumper of the train and it had to be stopped for 10 minutes.
In Thursday’s incident, the newly launched semi-high-speed train had hit four buffaloes, and its ‘nose’ cone had come off. It proceeded after an eight-minute pause because damage to the nose – a bumper made of fiber-reinforced plastic – was not necessary for functioning. The animals died.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has said that such collision with cattle is inevitable and “it has been kept in mind while designing the train”. “Its nose on the front can be completely replaced,” the minister said earlier today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off the train last month and traveled in it from Gandhinagar till Kalupur railway station in Ahmedabad.
The latest collision took place a little before 4 pm near Anand city, about 100 km from Gandhinagar and 400 km from Mumbai.
“There is a small dent in the front of the train,” said Sumit Thakur, Chief Public Relations Officer, and Western Railway. He said that all the passengers are safe.
According to the railways, the train accelerates to 160 kmph in just two minutes and offers better ride comfort than other trains.
Yesterday’s buffalo collision took place when the train was returning from Mumbai to Gandhinagar, between Batwa and Maninagar ahead of Ahmedabad at around 11 am.
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