The country’s first high-speed semi-luxury train Tejas Express made its maiden run on Monday. [Tejas Express to make its first trip today: From fares to features, here’s all you want to know] And as excited as we all were, for the luxurious trip from Mumbai to Goa, you will be sad to know that the train returned to the city in a mess. Yes, you read it right. The much-talked about train left Karmali station at 2:30 pm to Tuesday and reached CST at 11:00 pm, and the railway officials were shocked to see the plight of the train.
The train, which has several modern amenities like wi-fi, bio vacuum toilets and infotainment screens, returned to Mumbai with its interiors wrecked. The passengers had not only soiled the toilets but also littered the entire train. One of the windows was already damaged even before the train could make its maiden journey. Reports suggest that the people had stolen headphones and even damaged the infotainment screens.
After seeing the plight of the train after the first day, a senior official said that at least a dozen of headphones were missing. He said that there was no announcement of returning the headphones, as they did not expect the passengers to carry them away.
According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, one of the passengers said –
‘Some of the passengers tried to remove the LCD screen by pulling on its hinges, probably wanting to take it home as it is easy to carry in one’s bag, but after a while, a railway official came and tightened the screws…The toilet was soiled and was stinking as the people didn’t even bother to flush properly after they used it. In fact, I had to flush twice until it was clean enough to be used.’
A maintenance staff said that Tejas Express was just like another train. He said –
‘The floor of the train was littered with cups, pet bottles, wrappers and bags of chips, which we had to clean up at the end of the journey. The amount of garbage found aboard Tejas was just like on any other train.’
According to a report in Hindustan Times, one of the passengers, who was travelling on Tejas Express on the second day, said that the toilets were too unclean and the attendants were ignorant.
The only thing that comes to mind after knowing all this is, do we really deserve the best? Well, there’s a lot to think about.