Tejas Express, India’s state-of-the-art high-speed train recently began its maiden journey from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, for Karmali, North Goa. Flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, the train is going to cover a distance of 579km in 8.5 hours with halts at Dadar, Thane, Panvel, Ratnagiri and Kudal.
The 15-coach train will have two classes—chair car and executive chair car—and is equipped with facilities like CCTV, automatic doors, LCD screens, Wi-Fi, tea-coffee vending machines, bio-toilets etc.
The ultra modern train is capable of running at the speed of 200 kmph. It is expected to run for five days a week during non-monsoon period and three days a week during monsoon period.
The train, which has been specially designed by the India Railways to enhance the experience of the passengers, is also likely to be introduced on the Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow routes.
The high-speed train will be available at 10-20 percent higher fare as compared to Shatabdi. The executive class fare in Tejas has been fixed at Rs2,740 with food and Rs2,585 without food, while for chair car the fare is Rs1,310 with catering and Rs1,185 without catering.
The train fares for monsoon and non-monsoon seasons will be different.