Tejas Express begins Ahmedabad-Mumbai journey

The first Tejas Express started running between Mumbai and Goa in May 2018; the third, plying between New Delhi and Lucknow, is India's first private train

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Private train service Tejas Express completed its inaugural run between Ahmedabad-Mumbai today. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani flagged off the train at Kalupur railway station in Ahmedabad.

This train will be available to common commuters beginning 19 January. The Tejas train will leave Ahmedabad at 6.40 AM and reached Mumbai Central at 1.10 PM. This train will return from Mumbai at 3.40 PM and reach Ahmedabad at 9.55 PM. The speed of this train is 160 km/h, which is slower than the Tejas that covers the Delhi-Lucknow stretch (200 km/h).

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The upper class

Tejas Express has special arrangements for passengers to sit. A mini LCD is installed at the rear of all passenger seats of the train (in the lower class) or on the table (in the upper class) as in a plane so that passengers can enjoy their favourite movie or series during their journey.

The train has men and women hosts dressed in yellow kurta and blue pants. The attire has glimpses of Gujarat.

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The host and hostess dress code

This private train, which runs between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, has Gujarati and Marathi dishes on the special menu for the passengers. A famous chef has prepared the menu.

The train has free WiFi for the passengers. The IRCTC runs this train.

The first public sector Tejas Express started running between Mumbai and Goa in May 2018. On 1 March 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the second Tejas Express between Chennai Egmore and Madurai Junction. The first private Tejas has been plying between New Delhi and Lucknow since October last.

The fare system of Tejas Express is subject to surge pricing. That is, the fares reduce and increase in direct proportion of the demand for the train’s tickets.

IRCTC has started the booking for Ahmedabad-Mumbai Tejas Express. There are a total of 758 seats in this train, out of which 56 seats are of executive class and the rest are of AC chair class.

A toilet in Tejas Express
A toilet in a Tejas Express

Travellers of Tejas get free rail travel insurance of Rs 25 lakh each. Every coach has an integrated braille display, a digital destination board and an electronic reservation chart.

In addition to compensation for passengers when the train is late, there are special facilities like personal LCD entertainment-cum-information screens, on-board Wi-Fi service, comfortable seats, mobile charging, personal reading lights, modular bio-toilets and sensor tape fittings like the aircraft.

To be more specific, the coaches have bio-vacuum toilets, water level indicators, tap sensors, hand dryers, integrated braille displays, LED TV for each passenger with phone sockets, local cuisine, celebrity chef menu, WiFi, tea & coffee vending machines, magazines, snack tables, CCTV cameras, fire & smoke detection and suppression system. The fares are 20% to 30% higher than that of the Shatabdi Express. The Tejas Express has redesigned seats with eco-leather. Toilets are equipped with soap dispensers, touch-less water taps, odour-control systems and occupancy indicators. Doors are centrally controlled.

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