Goa Tejas Express chugs off half empty on maiden journey

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A one-way trip from Mumbai to Goa would cost Rs 2,740 with food and Rs 2,585 without food, while the fare for the ordinary chair vehicle has been fixed at Rs 1,310 with food and Rs 1,185 without food.

The fares for the train range from Rs 780 to Rs 3090.

Tejas will also have tea and coffee vending machines and snack tables at every coach.

Catering services for the prestigious train will be managed by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). It will also have other features like hand dryers, water level indicators and touch-less water taps.

The ticket fares will be cheaper than flights but 20 per cent higher than that of the Shatabdi Express. The train has been specially designed by the India Railways to enhance the experience of the passengers and will be introduced on the Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow routes too.

The Indian Railways today launched the Luxury train Tejas Express, which has a top speed of 200 kmph.

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Scheduled to run between Mumbai and Goa (Karmali) for 5 days a week, the Tejas train is sure to boost tourism in the land of beaches.

The national carrier has also made a decision to introduce different price mechanism for the train as per the season during it inauguration. Several passengers and railway staff were seen taking selfies with the new train. Similarly, Train No. 22120 Superfast Tejas Express will leave Karmali at 14.30 hours on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and arrive Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai at 23.00 hours on the same day.

The train, which will run between Mumbai and Karmali station, Goa, is scheduled to be inducted into service on May 22.

Equipped with CCTV cameras besides smoke and fire detection system, the 19-coach Tejas train will have bio- vacuum toilets and GPS-based passenger information display system.

The coaches are manufactured at Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala. A check of the next few days reveals that the fares for a trip from Mumbai to Goa range between approximately Rs 1,700 to Rs 4,600.