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Tejas Express fare increases 3-fold due to Diwali-time demand

But it is not Tejas Express alone where the fare is determined by dynamic pricing; Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto work on the same model now

As the Tejas Express train gains momentum on the tracks, its fare is getting inflated, thanks to its surge or dynamic pricing mechanism. The country’s first corporatised train equipped with all modern facilities is running between New Delhi and Lucknow since 4 October.

Passengers travelling by this train on the first day looked satisfied with the service. There are flight-like facilities inside the train and the journey between Lucknow and Delhi was very enjoyable, said several passengers that spoke to the media after they alighted from the train.

The IRCTC has appointed women employees in this train on the lines of air hostesses who were seen receiving the passengers well during the journey.

But as more people book seats in Tejas Express, its fares are going up. For journeys on the occasion of Diwali, the fare of Tejas has been more than that for a flight covering the same distance. The fare has almost trebled in the festive season. The consumers are, however, not complaining. The reservations show no sign of a decline despite the higher fares. Notably, now Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express and Duronto Express run on surge pricing, too.

As the demand for travel by Tejas grew on account of Diwali, dated 26 October this year, the price for a seat in the chair car in the train from New Delhi to Lucknow has risen to Rs 3,295 while the normal fare for the category is Rs 1,280.

The normal fare for a seat in the executive chair car in Tejas Express between New Delhi and Lucknow is Rs 2,450 whereas this fare is now Rs 4,570 for a Diwali-time journey. The extra Rs 2,120 owes to dynamic charging.

The Tejas Express has a total of 758 seats. The train has an executive class air-conditioned chair car, with a total of 56 seats. There are nine air-conditioned chair cars, each with 78 seats.

For the first time, there is an offer of insurance worth Rs 25 lakh that can be obtained for free by passengers of a train in India.

To attract railway passengers even more, a provision has been made to compensate for a delay in arrival or departure of the train. If the train is late by an hour, the passenger will be given a compensation of Rs 100. If it runs late by more than 2 hours, every passenger will be paid back Rs 250.

Tejas Express has a normal speed of 200 km/h.

For the Lucknow to New Delhi journey, the AC chair car fare is Rs 1,125 and the executive chair car fare is Rs 2,310. The return would normally cost Rs 1,280 for an AC chair car berth and Rs 2,450 for an executive chair car seat.

The 82502/82501 Tejas Express leaves the New Delhi railway station every Tuesday and runs six days a week. It takes 6 h 15 min to cover a distance of 512 km between the terminal stations.

Tejas leaves the Lucknow station at 6.10 AM and reaches New Delhi at 12.25 AM. The train leaves New Delhi at 3.35 PM and reaches Lucknow at 10.05 PM the same day. The train stops only in Kanpur and Ghaziabad en route.

The first Tejas Express started running between Mumbai and Goa in May last year. From March 2019 onwards, the second Tejas Express began plying between Chennai and Madurai. The third Tejas Express train started the day before yesterday between New Delhi and Lucknow.

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