Air-conditioner, lights of Vande Bharat Express malfunctions ahead of Allahabad station

Passengers of the Varanasi-Delhi Vande Bharat Express on Sunday were stranded inside the train without fan, air conditioning and lights more than an hour after its auxiliary converter failed.

The train’s AC stopped working 10 minutes before reaching Allahabad station at 4:50 pm. The defect was rectified, cooling ensured and it left at around 6.00 pm.

During this time, the train was stranded at Allahabad.

In March early this year a minor fire broke out in the transformer of a coach of the train.

The Vande Bharat Express was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15. The self-propelled engine-less train is technically called Train 18.

Early this year, the indigenous production of the train was stopped after allegations of favouritism and lack of transparency. In July, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal met representatives of manufacturers and promised a transparent level playing field to all of them.

Any controversy surrounding the train has always blossomed out of proportion mostly because its a pet project and an image building exercise for the Modi Government.

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