Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday flagged off the second IRCTC-run Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central Tejas Express from Ahmedabad. The all-new, air-conditioned train will commence its commercial run from January 19. It will be run six days a week, except on Thursdays.
- It will leave Ahmedabad at 6.40 a.m. and reach Mumbai Central railway station at 1.10 p.m., covering a distance of 533 km in 6 hours and 30 minutes.
- It will have 6 halts en route — Nadiad, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Vapi and Borivali.
- On its return journey, the train will leave Mumbai Central at 3.40 p.m. and reach Ahmedabad at 9.55 p.m.
- In October, the IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) launched the first Tejas Express train between Lucknow and New Delhi.
- The IRCTC had also extended the facilities of taxi and hotel bookings to passengers opting for such facilities.
- Tejas, India’s first private train run by IRCTC, has executive class chair car with 56 seats and nine other chair car coaches with a capacity of 78 passengers each.
- Meals will be served by on-board service staff while tea and coffee-vending machines will also be available on board.
- Water will be provided on demand through RO machines.
- The Tejas Express boasts of state-of-the-art interiors, personalised reading lights, AC coaches, mobile charging points, CCTVs, bio-toilets, LED TVs, automatic doors and much more.
- The IRCTC is contemplating sale of merchandise on board the train.