India's first private train Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express starts its commercial run today. With a host of new facilities, the Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express becomes the first train in the country to be entirely run by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express on Friday. The newly inaugurated Tejas Express will run six days a week, except Tuesdays.
Touted as the fastest train in the New Delhi-Lucknow route, the Tejas Express cover the distance between two cities in six hours 15 minutes. The Tejas Express will leave Lucknow at 6.10 am and reach New Delhi railway station at 12.25 pm. On its return journey, the train will leave Delhi at 3.35 pm and reach Lucknow at 10.05 pm.
"I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railway Minister Piyush Goel for giving the first corporate train from the biggest state to Delhi," UP chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said while inaugurating the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express on Friday.
IRCTC's first private train will follow the dynamic fare scheme. The fare for Lucknow to New Delhi Tejas Express will be ₹1,125 for AC chair car and ₹2,310 for executive chair car. The New Delhi to Lucknow Tejas Express ticket will be priced at ₹1,280 for AC chair car passengers and ₹2,450 for executive chair car.
With the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express, IRCTC starts an unique refund scheme if your train gets delayed. If the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express delays for over an hour, passengers will get a compensation of ₹100. For delay of two hours and more, the passengers will receive ₹250, IRCTC said.
For the first time, IRCTC is offering a free insurance of ₹25 lakh to the passengers travelling in Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express. The insurance cover includes ₹1 lakh insurance against theft or robbery during the travel. IRCTC will also extend taxi hiring and hotel bookings facilities to passengers on demand.
Passengers can book tickets in Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express via IRCTC website or its mobile app. There will be no booking at railway reservation counters. Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express will have advance reservation period of 60 days. There will be no facility of 'tatkal' ticket in the Tejas Express.