The Indian Railways has launched its third IRCTC operated train named Kashi Mahakal Express from Varanasi to Indore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 16 flagged off the Kashi Mahakal Express via video conferencing from Varanasi.
- The Kashi Mahakal Express will connect three places — Jyotirlinga-Omkareshwar (near Indore), Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain) and Kashi Vishwanath (at Varanasi).
- Also connecting the industrial and educational hub of Indore, with Bhopal.
- The train will begin its commercial run from February 20.
- The Kashi Mahakal Express will operate three days a week.
- It will be a bi-weekly service through the Sultanpur-Lucknow route and a weekly service via the Prayagraj route.
- Once the new train starts its regular run from this week, it will depart from Varanasi at 2.45 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday to reach Indore at 9.40 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday.
- Similarly, the train will start from Indore at 10.55 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday and will reach Varanasi at 6.00 a.m. the next day.
- This train will have stoppages at Ujjain, Sant Hirdaram Nagar, Bina, Jhansi, Kanpur and Sultanpur stations in both directions.
- Meanwhile, in the weekly service via Prayagraj route, the Kashi Mahakal Express will depart from Varanasi at 3.15 p.m. every Sunday to reach Indore at 9.40 a.m. the next day.
- On the other way, it will depart from Indore at 10.55 a.m. every Monday and reach Varanasi at 5 a.m. the next day.
- The Indore-Varanasi Kashi Mahakal Express will be the first private train that will run overnight and for a comfortable long distance journey, will feature a host of facilities, as per the IRCTC officials.
- Passengers will get complimentary insurance of Rs 10 lakh, the IRCTC officials said.