India’s first semi-high speed full AC train – The Tejas Express – is all set to make its maiden trip today. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu will flag off the train from Mumbai to Goa. It is expected to leave Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 3:25 pm and reach Karmali station in Goa in nine hours. While the train is capable of running at a speed of 200 kmph, it will run at 160 kmph due to track constraints.
It will make journeys five days a week during the monsoon period while it will run three days a week during the non-monsoon period. The fifteen-coach train will have one Executive First AC coach and 12 Chair-car coaches.
General Manager of Central Railway DK Sharma said –
‘Train No 22119 Superfast Tejas Express will leave CST at 5 AM every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 24 and arrive at Karmali at 1.30 PM the same day. Train No 22120 Superfast Tejas Express will leave Karmali at 2.30 PM on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting from May 23 and arrive at the CST at 9 PM.’
Tejas Express’ executive class fare is Rs 2680 (with food) and Rs 2525 (without food) and its Rs 1280 (with food) and Rs 1155 (without food) for AC chair car. There’s also an option of additional on-board catering services.
Here are some of the features of the Tejas Express that you should know:
- Several modern facilities like LEDT TV, tea and coffee vending machine, wi-fi, fire and smoke detection facilities are available on-board.
- Automatic interior and entrance doors. The train has been manufactured at Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala.
- Dust-proof inter car gangway.
- Entertainment screens for each passenger with head phone socket.
- CCTV system.
- Adjusting reading light.
- Bio-vacuum toilets with hand driers, tissue paper dispenser and soap dispenser.
- Water level indicators.
- Digital destination boards
- Braille assistance installed for visually challenged passengers.
According to reports, General Manager of Central Railway DK Sharma said –
‘Monday is going to be a historic day for the Indian Railways when Tejas Express, which boasts of ultra-modern amenities like on-board infotainment, wi-fi, CCTV, fire and smoke detection facilities, tea/coffee vending machine etc will make its maiden run from Mumbai…I would say that travelling by this premium train would provide a better experience than flying in a plane. This train would pass through the lush greenery of the Konkan belt, giving a picturesque view of the seashore, mountains and valleys, which will let you enjoy the journey and not just the destination (Goa).’
Here’s look inside the train: