Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off the country's first private semi-high speed train - Tejas Express on Friday. The train will run on the Lucknow-New Delhi route.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said "It is the first corporate train of the country. I congratulate the first batch of passengers travelling in it & hope such initiatives are taken to connect other cities also".
Commenting on the development, Ashwani Srivastava, chief regional manager (Lucknow), IRCTC said, “The Chief Minister will flag off the much-awaited train on Friday."
However, the commercial run of the train would start from Saturday onwards.
In a first, the e-ticketing and catering arm of Indian Railways, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), will be fully responsible for the operations of the train service.
This is the first step by Railway Ministry towards introducing private trains on Indian Railways’ network.
Apart from offering passengers a more comfortable ride experience, IRCTC has introduced several firsts in terms of service standards, ticket reservation, cancellation, refund and travel insurance.
Tejas Express would have only two halts - Kanpur and Ghaziabad.
On its return journey, the train would leave Delhi at 3:35 pm and reach Lucknow at 10:05 pm. The train would run six days a week, except Tuesday.