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A few miscreants allegedly pelted stones at India’s fastest train – Train 18, while it was on a trial run between Delhi and Agra on Thursday (Dec 20) a senior official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to flag off the Rs 100-crore-worth train on December 29.

In the incident, a window pane of one of the coach was reportedly damaged. Following the incident, the Railways appealed to the people to not indulge in acts of vandalism and cause damage to the railway property that has been built for their convenience.

Speaking about the incident, ICF spokesperson G V Venkatesan said, “Today, when the speed trials were being conducted for Train 18 between Agra and New Delhi, some miscreants threw stones on the train, that damaged one of the windows of the Train 18 on one side.”

He also added, “Such an act of vandalising the public property such as trains, railway stations, is condemnable, in particular, a prestigious brand new train such as Train 18. Public are requested to desist from vandalising railway properties including trains, railway stations and defacing them. After all, it is the public property that belongs to them,”

Meanwhile, General Manager of the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) also tweeted, “Train 18 running at 180 km/h between Delhi and Agra at this time… Srinivas, the Chief Design Engineer of ICF is in the cab, they touched 181 kmh for record sake… Some vandal threw a stone breaking a glass, hope we nab him (sic).” An inquiry has been launched into the incident, PTI quoted officials as saying.

Train 18, manufactured by ICF Chennai at a cost of Rs 100 crore, recently became India’s fastest train by hitting speeds of over 180 kmph during a trial run on a section of the Delhi-Rajdhani route.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, impressed with the success of Train 18 during trials, has recently asked ICF to build four more similar rakes in the current financial year.

According to the tentative plan, the train will start from New Delhi station at 6 am and is expected to reach Varanasi at 2 pm. For the return journey, the train will start at 2.30 pm from Varanasi and reach the national capital at 10.30 pm on the same day.

(With PTI Inputs)

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