INDIA’S LONGEST RAILWAY LINE – THE VIVEK EXPRESS

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The Vivek Express are four pairs of Express Trains on the Indian Railways network. These trains were announced in the Railway Budget of 2011-12 by the then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee. These trains were started to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, to be held in 2013. One of the Vivek Express trains, the one from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari is the longest route on the Indian Railways network, in terms of distance and time, and is the 9th longest in the world. Its distance is more than 4000 km and takes almost 83 hours.

It consists of 4 route trains:- Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari(the longest line- Assam to Tamil Nadu). Dwarka to Thoothukudi(Gujarat to Tamil Nadu). Bandra Terminus, Mumbai to Jammu Tawi(Maharashtra to J&K). Santragachhi to Mangalore Central(Bengal to Karnataka). All these trains runs weekly.

Owing to the positive response to Vivek Express trains by the masses, the Railway Ministry is considering starting a new Vivek Express in the North to East Corridor, between Jammu Tawi and North East India. Earlier Vivek Express trains ran from East to South, South to West, West to North and again East to South India respectively. The new North to East Vivek Express would complete the quadrilateral; and is expected to be announced in the 2013-2014 Railway Budget. This journey takes 2.5 days and is more than 3000 km.

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