Varanasi holds a special place in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's heart, not just because it is his parliamentary constituency but also for the attachment PM Modi has with the land of Kashi Vishwanath and the holy Ganges.
"Tomorrow I begin my Varanasi visit, during which various development works will be launched", PM Modi tweeted, announcing his programme for the next two days.
It is India's third Mahamana Express built under the Prime Minister's Make in India initiative.
Railways minister Piyush Goyal would be present in Vadodara in Gujarat, and minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha in Surat, the officials said. On its inaugural service, the Mahamana Express will run as a special train which will reach Varanasi on Saturday. The first Mahamana Express was unveiled as part of Railways' Model Rake Project in 2016 running between Varanasi - New Delhi and the other route is from Bhopal-Khajuraho. The journey, which covers a distance of 1,531 km, will take 27 hours and 30 minutes to complete at an average speed of 55.7 km/hr, ministry officials said. The stations where the train will stop are Bharuch, Surat, Amalner, Bhusaval, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni, Satna and Chheoki stations in both directions. The Prime Minister will inaugurate banking services of the Utkarsh Bank, and will also unveil a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of the headquarters building of the Bank.
The 18 coaches include one AC 1st class, two 2nd class AC, eight sleeper, four general, one pantry auto and two guard brake vans.
The unique features of the train include ergonomically-designed ladders for climbing to upper berths, snack tables for side berths, windows powered with Venetian blinds and roller blinds, LED lights across the coaches as berth indicators and reading lights, fire extinguishers in all coahes. One of the interesting noticeable things in the train is that it does not have any AC 3 coaches.