Extra Luxurious train ‘Tejas Express,’ with ultra-modern facilities began its maiden journey on Monday. Flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu through video-conferencing in the presence of Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Sachin Tendulkar and other dignitaries, the train started from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and will reach Goa’s Karmali station in nine hours.
“I would say that travelling by this premium train would provide a better experience than flying in a plane. This train would pass through 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),” D K Sharma, general manager of the Central Railway, was earlier quoted as saying.
Here’s what this state-of-the-art high-speed train has to offer:
Ø It will run on Mumbai to Karmali (Goa) route five days a week during non-monsoon and three days a week during monsoon. Later, its route will also be extended to the Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow route.
Ø Travelers will have to give 20 per cent more as fares compared to the Shatabdi.
Ø Though it is capable of running at a speed of 200 km/h, because of some technical glitch Tejas will run at a speed of 160 km/h.
Ø Tejas include coaches with bio-vacuum toilets, water-level indicators, tap sensors, hand dryers, and integrated braille displays.
Ø It offers LED TVs for each passenger that comes with phone sockets and WiFi.
Ø Like flights, there is a train attendant who will be at your service the moment you push the button.
Ø Tejas will offer a celebrity chef menu and tea and coffee vending machines will be there.
Ø Tejas coaches will have CCTV cameras, fire and smoke detection and suppression system.
Ø Train coaches are made in Kapurthala and will have an automatic doorway.
Ø The 20-coach Tejas will have one executive AC chair car with a seating capacity of 56 and 12 AC chair cars with seat capacity of 78 each coach.