The second premium Tejas train of the IRCTC, the tourism and catering arm of the Indian Railways, is ready to run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai and will be launched on January 17. The commercial run of the train will start on January 19. The Tejas train is already functional on the Delhi-Lucknow route. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express will be the seconad private train in the country, operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The first such private train is operational on Delhi-Lucknow route.
Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express: 6-day a week
The train will run six days a week, barring Thursday.
It will halt at Nadiad, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Vapi and Borivali stations in both directions.
Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express: Arrival and departure time tabel
The train will depart from Ahmedabad at 6:40 am and arrive in Mumbai at 1.10 pm. From Mumbai Central it will depart at 3.40 pm and reach Ahmedabad at 9.55 pm. During the inaugural run, it will depart from Ahmedabad at 9.30 am and arrive at Mumbai Central at 4 pm. During the return journey, it will depart at 5.15 pm and reach Ahmedabad at 11.30 pm.
Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express: Facilities
Railways, is planning to imbibe regional delicacies from the local and ethnic cuisines to suit the taste buds of passengers, news agency PTI reported quoting sources.
Aiming to bring services in railways on par with airlines, the sources said service in the train will be done through trolleys similar to airlines.
It is another step by the Ministry of Railways in its endeavour to improve the overall travelling experience of rail passengers by providing state-of-the-art amenities to them on trains.
High quality food and beverages will be provided to the passengers on board and the prices for that will be included in the ticket fare.
Each coach will be provided with RO water filter in addition to the packaged drinking water bottle for each passenger.
Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express: Compensastion, Travel Insurance
According to the sources, the IRCTC will compensate each passenger with Rs 100 in case the train is delayed by more than one hour and Rs 250 in case of delay of more than two hours.
Besides this, all passengers travelling on the train will be provided with Rail Travel Insurance of up to Rs 25 Lakhs, free of cost by the IRCTC. This complimentary travel insurance will also include an exclusive coverage of Rs 1 lakh against robbery during the travel period of passengers.
The train fare will be dynamic in nature and based on the prevailing fare of the Shatabdi on the same route. During lean period, the fare will be same as of the Shatabdi, 20 per cent more during peak period and 30 per cent during festive season, the sources said.
In case of cancellation of the train, an automatic full refund on confirmed and waitlisted e-tickets will be made. There will be no need of cancelling the ticket or filing TDR in such case, the sources claimed.
The sources said there will be no concessional tickets in the train but children below five years of age need not to buy a ticket.
Similarly, there will be no tatkal quota or premium tatkal quota in the train, they said, adding that there will be only General Quota and Foreign Tourist Quota. Foreign Tourist Quota of six seats in Executive Class and 12 in Chair Car will be available for Foreign Tourists.
(With PTI inputs)