As Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off the inaugural run of India's first private train 'Tejas Express' from Lucknow on Friday, Republic gained access to it. Comfortable seats, akin to the business class compartment of airlines, are seen in the compartment. There are overhead lights available for the passengers too. Moreover, Tejas has introduced the concept of 'train hostess', who will take care of not just the hospitality, but also the safety and security of the travelers. Overall, the compartment gives a good idea about the state-of-art facilities donning the train. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is handling the operations of Tejas Express.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath flags off IRCTC run Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express train. Railway Board Chairman Shri V.K.Yadav was also present on the occasion. pic.twitter.com/POO6e78Ie4— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) October 4, 2019
Tejas Express is a premium version of the Shatabdi trains run by the Indian Railways. Beverages like Tea and Coffee would be served to the passengers through vending machines. Throughout the journey, water will be available through Reverse Osmosis (RO) coolers. Moreover, the train hostesses will serve the meals in trolleys, a pattern followed by the airlines. The people traveling by Tejas Express would not only be provided free Rs. 25,00,000 insurance but will also be paid refunds in case of delays.
The train will operate six days per week barring for Tuesdays. New Delhi is the final destination on the route. This will effectively cut down the travel time between Lucknow and New Delhi to 6 hours and 15 minutes. According to the official schedule, the first train will leave Lucknow at 6.10 am and reach New Delhi at 12.25 pm. On the other hand, it will depart New Delhi at 3.35 pm and reach Lucknow at 10.05 pm. While the normal price for the AC chair car is Rs. 1,280, a seat in the executive chair car will cost the passengers Rs. 2,450. At this juncture, the tickets are heavily priced at Rs. 4,325 due to the phenomenon of dynamic pricing.