Goa Tejas Express all set to run from May 22

Delia Watkins
May 28, 2017

The Tejas Superfast Express, India's first high-speed luxury train from Mumbai to Goa, was flagged off on Monday by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at Chatrapati Shivaji Station in Mumbai.

All 990 seats were booked and the waiting list stood at 5 for the executive class and 30 for the chair vehicle till Monday 6.30pm-barely three hours after it was flagged off by railway minister Suresh Prabhu at Dadar. The train has the capacity to run at 200 km an hour and passengers will be able to reach Goa in nine hours from Mumbai city.

A seat in the Executive Class in Tejas is going to set you back by Rs. 2940, however, if you choose to let go of the food, it will be Rs 2,540.

Mr Prabhu said trains - including the Humsafar AC chair auto meant for the middle class, Uday double-decker for short and busy routes, and Antyodaya, a completely unreserved train meant for those from the lower economic strata - were a means to win back passengers who had shifted to air travel.

Travellers will have to shell out more than 20 per cent more in base fare compared to Shatabdi Express, news agency Press Trust of India reported quoting a railway ministry official. The Mumbai-to-Goa train will ply thrice a week in the monsoon (10 June-31 October), i.e. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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The first 19 coaches of the train was rolled out by Rail Coach Factory, coach manufacturing unit in Kapurthala on Thursday. Additionally, unlike any other trains, Tejas includes in its security system CCTV cameras and smoke-and-fire detection system.

Meant to run on short distances, the Tejas coaches are chair auto with seats that are way more comfortable than what one finds on airlines.

As was promised in the budget, Tejas Express will also provide service in Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow sectors, according to the railways. The train is scheduled for five days a week during non-monsoon period and three days a week during monsoon. The toilets feature touch-less water taps, hand dryers and bio-vacuum toilets. Not only that, the minister also inaugurated booking office at Dockyard Road and Thakurli; dedicated booking office at Cotton Green, Reay Road, Chembur and Mankhurd; inaugurated Roof Top Solar Power System at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai from Dadar on May 22.

For the time, Indian Railways has introduced Braille assistance system in Tejas Express.

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