India’s first private train- The Tejas Express
India has the largest railway network in the world and why not? We have almost 12,617 trains to carry over 23 million passengers in daily basis! From the toy trains of Darjeeling to the locals of Mumbai, trains have been a fascination for all Indians ever since the British introduced this form of transport in the Indian sub-continent. But this system consist several loopholes simultaneously. Riding on the miseries of the middle class families and the poor, almost all rail ministers have proudly abstained from any sort of fare hikes. There lies a huge spot in railway food, as the basic hygiene is not maintained. And just like this, the Indian railway system today has been on its worst ever. To improve this scenario, new initiatives are taken frequently and so is this new approach- The Tejas Express. The train becomes India’s first private train covering the distance between Delhi to Lucknow.
The train is entirely run by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in the country. The train will run 6 days a week except Tuesdays. The distance between Delhi to Lucknow will be covered in 6 hours and 15 minutes. The Tejas Express will leave Lucknow at 6.10 am and reach New Delhi railway station at 12.25 pm. On its return journey, the train will leave Delhi at 3.35 pm and reach Lucknow at 10.05 pm. The train will have two haults that is Kanpur and Ghaziabad. The train will run at a maximum speed of 200 km/h but the maximum operating speed allowed is 130 km per hour due to track and safety constraints. The train will follow a dynamic fare scheme. The fare from Lucknow will be Rs.1,125 for the AC class and for the executive chair car the fare will be Rs.1,280. However, due to dynamic pricing, the costliest Tejas ticket till now is Rs 4,325. The train offers some of the most incredible offers which includes that if the train gets delayed- the passengers will get compensation up to rs.100! For delay of two hours and more, the passengers will receive ₹250, according to IRCTC. The train also offers some free insurance facilities as well. For the passengers travelling in the Tejas Express, free insurance of ₹25 lakh will be given. Rs.1 lakh insurance will be given against theft or robbery during the travel. Some more additional facilities include taxi hiring and hotel booking facilities to passengers on demand. There will be no availability of ticket booking through railways counters, one can book their tickets through the IRCTC website or directly through its mobile application. The train excludes any facility of ‘Tatkal’ service and the advance reservation period is of 60 days.
And to add more to you wish list, the Tejas Express passengers will be greeted on-board by airline-style hostesses and stewards, who have been especially trained in for the job. Apart from the six hour long journey will include three meals in it! Now isn’t this all seem like dream train? The train is incredibly different from the rest of trains we have seen till now. It can be said that The Tejas Express is one step ahead version of Rajdhani’s and Shadabdi’s. A strong cooperation from citizens can certainly keep this iron horse keep running effortlessly. And we wish to see more such upgrade’s in Indian Railway system in the coming future!