Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express to start operations from next month1 min read . Updated: 05 Sep 2019, 08:17 PM IST
- The Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express, the railways' first train to be run by its subsidiary IRCTC, will begin operations from October 4
- The Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express will run 6 days a week, except on Tuesdays. It will have stoppages at Ghaziabad and Kanpur
According to them, the train's fare will be 50% less than that of flights on the same route.
The train will run six days a week, except on Tuesdays. It will have stoppages at Ghaziabad and Kanpur.
A decision on the second train — the Mumbai Central-Ahmedabad Tejas Express — also to be run by the IRCTC is yet to be taken.
No concession, privilege or duty passe will be allowed on these trains, according to a blueprint prepared by the Railway Board to handover the two trains to the railways' tourism and catering arm for a period of three years as a pilot project.
The railways also said that on-board ticket checking on IRCTC trains will not be done by the railway staff.
The trains will be uniquely numbered and operated by the railways' operating staff — loco, pilots, guards and station masters. Services of these two trains will be on par with the Shatabdi Express trains and given a similar priority, sources said.
Bringing in private train operators to provide world-class passenger service was a proposal mooted by the railways in its 100-day plan. Sources said handing over the two Tejas Express trains to IRCTC was a first step towards that goal.