Vande Bharat Mission is a repatriation effort by the Government of India to bring back Indian citizens stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The mission was launched in March 2020, and it has been operating in several phases to bring back Indian citizens from different countries. The mission has been operated by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of External Affairs.
The mission has been conducted through a combination of special flights and commercial flights, with the Indian government working closely with the governments of other countries and airlines to coordinate the logistics of the repatriation effort. The mission has brought back Indian citizens from countries all over the world, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and several countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
The Vande Bharat Mission is considered one of the largest repatriation efforts in the world, and it has been praised for its successful coordination and execution. The mission has been important in reuniting Indian citizens with their families and providing them with the opportunity to return to their homes and communities during the pandemic.
It’s important to note that the Vande Bharat Mission is still ongoing, and the Indian government is continuing to work to bring back more Indian citizens stranded abroad. The Indian government has also announced the “Vande Bharat Mission Phase 4” starting from 2021.
Interested Fact About Vande Bharat:
- The first Vande Bharat Express was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 February 2019.
- These trains have a self-propelled engine which can save diesel & reduce electricity usage by up to 30%.
- The first Vande Bharat Express was manufactured by Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai.
- It was manufactured under the ‘Make in India’ programme, at a cost of about Rs 100 crore.
- In the Union Budget for 2022-2023 the government has proposed the development & manufacture of 400 new Vande Bharat trains in the next three years.
- In the South, India’s 5th Vande Bharat Express Train is the first semi-high-speed train.
Total Eight Vande Bharat Express Trains Till Now:
- 1st Vande Bharat Express runs between New Delhi to Varanasi.
- 2nd Vande Bharat Express runs between New Delhi to Vaishnodevi (Jammu & Kashmir).
- 3rd Vande Bharat Express runs between Mumbai to Ahmedabad.
- 4th Vande Bharat Express runs Delhi to Amb- Andaura (Himachal Pradesh).
- 5th Vande Bharat Express runs between Chennai to Mysuru.
- 6th Vande Bharat Express runs Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) to Nagpur (Maharashtra).
- 7th Vande Bharat Express runs between Howrah to New Jalpaiguri (West Bengal).
- 8th Vande Bharat Express will be run between Secunderabad to Vijayawada.
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