Compared to many other countries, India's railways are now far ahead in terms of modern technology thanks to the Vande Bharat Express trains. Indian Railways is still working to increase the number of Vande Bharat trains operating nationwide. As a result, 15 routes covering several states and cities are already served by the semi-high-speed railway. Indian Railways intends to introduce five more Vande Bharat trains to the country's various routes to continue this expansion. The Puri-Howrah route will be the starting point for the first of these five trains. It will likely be flagged off this month.
Following the first train in Odisha and the second in South Eastern Railway, the semi-high-speed train will begin operations on the New Jalpaiguri-Guwahati route. The train's first operational unit in Northeast India will be this one. After that, the government intends to launch an advanced train on the Patna-Ranchi route.
The Odisha government has pushed for adding more semi-high-speed trains on the Bhubaneswar-Hyderabad, Puri-Raipur, and Puri-Howrah lines following the success of the Vande Bharat Express train's trial run on the Howrah-Puri route.
The Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express is anticipated to leave Howrah in West Bengal at 5:50 am and reach Puri in Odisha at 11:50 am. At 2 pm, Vande Bharat will depart from Puri and arrive in Howrah at 7:30 pm.
According to reports, the Puri-Howrah train will stop at Khurda Road Junction, Jajpur Keonjhar Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Bhadrak, Balasore, and Haldia stations.
The estimated fare for a chair car is Rs 1,590 (plus Rs 308 for food), and the anticipated fare for an executive class is Rs 2,815 (plus Rs 369 for food). However, the catering is not included in the ticket price if a passenger selects "No Meals."