Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, visited ICF today, 12th August 2022, to inspect the newly commissioned Vande Bharat Rake. He was accompanied by Shri A.K. Agarwal, GM, ICF, Shri B.G. Mallya, GM, Southern Railway, Shri S. Srinivas, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer, ICF, Shri D.P. Dash, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer, ICF and other officers of ICF.
He inspected the interiors of the coaches of latest Vande Bharat Express rake including the driver cab. He also went for a short inspection trip onboard the New Vande Bharat Express driver’s cab along with ICF officials.
During his interaction with media, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw congratulated the ICF team for bringing out such a wonderful trainset. He said that as per the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, 75 Vande Express trains will link all parts of the country.
He said that the train will now be sent for testing of about 15,000 kilometers. All tests such as static, dynamic, oscillation, etc., will be carried out, he added. He further said that ICF will be manufacturing more such trains.
He also lauded the various technical features of the Vande Bharat Express that make this train a world class one. He said that as remarked by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Tamil is the oldest language in the world and he said he is very proud of the Tamil culture and Tamil people for their hospitality. He thanked the gathering by saying “Romba Romba Nandri” meaning “Thanks so much”.
Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw announced a cash award of Rs.10 lakhs to the ICF staff in appreciation of their skills and dedication.
Later, he visited ICF Silver Jubilee School in ICF premises and hoisted the National flag and went around the ICF North Colony along with the children of the school and the residents of the ICF North Colony, carrying the National Flag to create awareness of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ program.