All Vande Bharat routes will now be equipped with 2 x 25 KV traction system. This includes the 75 new Vande Bharat trains that are to be rolled out by August 2023. The 1 x 25 KV traction systems which are already in place on Vande Bharat routes will also be upgraded to 2 x 25 KV. This upgradation in the OHE system will ensure adequate and reliable power supply for the smooth operation of Vande Bharat trains.
A Rs 1,140 crore tender has already been awarded by the Ministry of Railways for upgrading the OHE system for a 650 track Km stretch between Delhi and Mugalsararai. Budget for OHE system up-gradation on the Delhi – Mumbai and Delhi – Howrah routes has already been sanctioned, while that for Mumbai – Chennai and Kolkata – Chennai routes is in process of getting sanctioned.