Tejas Express is all set to become the first train to be run by private operators. According to reports, the Railways is going ahead with its 100-day agenda of handing over operations of two of its trains to the private sector. The move is part of the proposal of the Railway Board in its 100-day plan to test private sector participation in the running of trains. The Railways has said that it would float a Request for Proposal (RFP) and a Request for Quote (RFQ) in the next 100 days. The proposal, however, has come under severe criticism from the railway unions, who have threatened large-scale protests over the issue.
Here is all you need to know about the Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express train:
1) The Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express was announced in 2016 but was introduced in the new time table released on 1 July 2019.
2) Tejas Express is currently parked at the Anand Nagar railway station and will be handed over to private players after an open-bidding process for operating it.
3) The new Tejas Express will only have a single stop i.e. in Kanpur which will reduce the time taken to cover the distance between Delhi and Lucknow.
4) The train will take approximately six-and-a-half hours to cover the distance between Delhi and Lucknow.
5) The train will run on all days of the week except Thursday and Sunday.
6) Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas Express (train number 12585) will leave Lucknow junction at 6.50 am to reach New Delhi at 1.35 pm.
7) New Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express (train number 12586) will leave from New Delhi station at 3.35 pm to arrive in Lucknow at 10.05 pm.
8) The Tejas Express will have aircraft-like personalised LCD entertainment-cum-information screens, on-board Wi-Fi facility, comfortable seats, mobile charging points, personalised reading lights, modular bio-toilets and sensor tap fittings.
9) The seats will have an orange and yellow colour scheme that will match the exteriors of the train.
10) The new Tejas Express that will run between New Delhi and Lucknow will also have a swanky mini pantry.