Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas Express, India’s first private semi-high speed train, on Friday.
The Tejas Express will be the first train of Indian Railways that will be fully run by its subsidiary Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). It will have only 2 stops Kanpur and Ghaziabad on way to Delhi.
The Indian Railways, as part of the ministry of railways’ 100 days action plan adopted in June, has decided to hand over certain rakes for private operations as the national transporter seeks to increase its revenue.
The commercial run would start from Saturday onwards. Here’s more about Tejas Express’ schedule, fare and menu:
It will cover the entire distance in six hours and 15 minutes. The journey time of the train is lesser than the Swarn Shatabdi — currently the fastest train on the route.
Schedule: Tejas Express, train number 82501, will leave Lucknow at 6:10 am and reach New Delhi Railway station at 12:25 pm.
On its return journey, train number 82502 would leave Delhi at 3:35 pm and reach Lucknow at 10:05 pm.
The train would run six days a week, except Tuesday.
Fare: The journey from Lucknow to New Delhi for IRCTC’s Tejas Express will cost Rs 1,125 for AC chair car and Rs 2,310 for executive chair car.
And, from New Delhi to Lucknow passengers will have to spend Rs 1,280 for chair car and Rs 2,450 for executive chair car.
The price for chair car tickets from Lucknow to Kanpur will be Rs 320 and for the executive chair car, it will be Rs 630. Those travelling from Lucknow to Ghaziabad will have to pay Rs 1,125 for chair car and Rs 2310 for executive chair car.
The chair car fare between Delhi and Kanpur will be Rs 1,155 and for the executive chair car, it will be Rs 2,155.
Fares, however, may vary along all sections since the train will operate on the Flexi-fare scheme.
Menu: Passengers can choose combo meals onboard—catering charges of Rs 185 for chair car and Rs 245 for executive chair car are included in the ticket prices—for the full length of the journey from Lucknow to Delhi.
The maximum charge from New Delhi to Lucknow will be Rs 340 and Rs 385 respectively.
Passengers will be offered refreshments right after boarding. They can choose tea or coffee (pre-mix kit) with cookies on chair car and premium cookies on executive class. They can opt for pre-packaged nimboo pani with cookies on chair car and flavoured lassi on executive class.
For breakfast, passengers can choose from a vegetarian combo of two pieces of vegetable cutlets with poha. They can also opt for two pieces of vegetable uttapam with vermicelli and coconut chutney for all. The other combo includes two pieces of medu vadas and suji upma and coconut chutney.
For passengers who prefer non-vegetarian food, masala omelette and sautéd vegetables will be available onboard. In all these combos, additional cornflakes, sugar sachet and milk will be provided to executive class passengers.
Passengers can also order additional items such as branded mishti or mango dahi, two pieces of brown bread, butter, tomato ketchup, branded fruit juice, tea or coffee kit, salt and pepper and mouth freshener.
Railways to offer compensation if Tejas runs behind schedule: In a first, IRCTC, will provide compensation to passengers if the train arrives late. IRCTC will pay compensation of 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 to every passenger as compensation.
Passengers can make hotel bookings, avail of cab services, baggage pick-and-drop: Hotel bookings, taxi services and baggage pick-and-drop are some of the facilities proposed by the Indian Railway Catering And Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) for passengers of the Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express. IRCTC officials said that the services being offered on the train will redefine the experience of train travel.