The railways is likely to introduce three more Vande Bharat trains in south India, officials said Monday.The routes being considered for the new services are from Kacheguda in Telangana to Bengaluru in Karnataka and from Secunderabad in Telangana to Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and Pune in Maharashtra.
The assembly polls in Karnataka and Telangana are likely to be held later this year, while Andhra Pradesh is likely to see assembly polls in 2024. The BJP, under its Mission South, has been focussing on its performance in southern states in the next parliamentary elections in 2024.
The railways launched south India’s first Vande Bharat Express train on the Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysure route in November this year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the fifth rake of Vande Bharat Express at the Krantiveera Sangolli Railway station in Bengaluru. The Secunderabad-Vizag Vande Bharat Express, which was launched recently, has been running with 100 per cent occupancy since its launch, officials said.