India’s first citizen and President Ram Nath Kovind is going to his village Paraunkh in Kanpur countryside by special train today. During this he will meet his old acquaintances from his school days and early days of social service. After 15 years a President is traveling in a train. Earlier in 2006, the then President APJ Abdul Kalam traveled in this train. Ramnath Kovind, who goes to his village by train, is the third President of India. First of all, the first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad went to his village Jiradei by train.
President’s Security Additional squads of NSG in
President Ram Nath Kovind’s train will go through Aligarh, Tundla, Firozabad, Etawah but it will not stop at these stations. This train will stop at Jhinjhak and Rura (Kanpur countryside area) stations only. There is a separate President’s bodyguard for the protection of the President, but this time for the security of the President, a team of NSG will also be deployed in his security. The train will stop at two places, Jhinjhak and Rura in Kanpur Dehat, where the President will interact with his old acquaintances from school days and early social service.
Rail travel has been the choice of many presidents
There is an old tradition of the President’s rail travel in the country, through which the President has been directly connecting with the people of the country. That’s why many former presidents have traveled by train. According to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the first President of the country, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, often used to travel by rail. Soon after becoming the President, he also visited his birthplace Jiradei, located in Siwan district, in the middle of his Bihar tour.
He had traveled by train from Chhapra to Jiradei by special presidential train. Then he stayed in Jiradei for three days. While being the President, he did train journeys across the country. Even after Dr. Rajendra Prasad, various Presidents had preferred rail travel to maintain their connect with the public. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishna, the second President of India, traveled by train in 1967. After this Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy was taken to the royal salon in 1978. Before Kovind, the last President to use the train service was President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
Unique is the history of the royal salon
The Presidential Salon was first used by Victoria of India. Earlier it was known as Vice Regal Coach. In this, from the Persian carpet to the sinking sofa. At that time khas mats were used for cooling. It was first used in 1950 by the first President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad as the first Indian. After this, many changes were made in this royal salon.
Presidential Salon is decorated on the lines of royal magnificence
Today this salon is decorated on the lines of royal elegance. There are two luxury coaches fitted in this special train. Both the coaches are exactly the same. Although it does not come under the category of trains, but it runs on the tracks of Indian Railways. Coach numbers are 9000 and 9001. This state-of-the-art coach was made in 1956 in Delhi. The coach also has a dining room, a visiting room, a lounge room or a conference room and a bedroom for the president to rest. Apart from this, a modular kitchen and chambers are made for the President’s secretary and other staff. The train is made state-of-the-art from time to time.
with satellite communication
Now this train is bullet proof. The train has also been connected with satellite communication and Wi-Fi. Many more state-of-the-art facilities have been added to this train before Ramnath Kovind became the President. After Kalam’s journey, this train was declared unfit for safety. After this many security features were added to it. In terms of safety, there was talk of installing German LHB coaches in this train so that this train could run at a speed of 150 km. The Railway Ministry had increased the budget allocation to make its maintenance and saloon state-of-the-art.
Salon has been used 87 times so far
So far, different presidents of the country have used this royal salon 87 times. The first President of the country, Dr Rajendra Prasad used this train for the first time in 1950. He used to travel frequently by this train. After this Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Dr. Zakir Hussain, VV Giri, Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy traveled by this train. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy traveled in the train in 1977. After this, no President used the train for a long time. In 2003, Missile Man Dr APJ Abdul Kalam traveled by this train. After that many changes have been made in it.
Will return to Delhi on June 29
Ram Nath Kovind will leave for a two-day journey to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, on a train from Kanpur Central Railway Station on June 28. On June 29, he will return to New Delhi by a special flight.
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