Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express, India's second private train starts its commercial journey today. Entirely run by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), Tejas Express will travel between Mumbai to Ahmedabad six days a week except Thursday. It covered the distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in just six hours during the inaugural run.
Ahmedabad to Mumbai Tejas Express will depart from Ahmedabad at 6.40 am and reach Mumbai Central at 1.10 pm. On its return journey, Mumbai to Ahmedabad Tejas Express will depart from Mumbai Central at 3.40 pm and arrive in Ahmedabad at 9.55 pm. The train will halt at Nadiad, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Vapi and Borivali stations in both directions.
Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express is the fastest train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. While the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Duronto Express covers the same distance in 6 hours 25 minutes, Ahmedabad-Mumbai Shatabdi Express takes 6 hours 35 minutes to complete the journey.
Passengers can book their tickets exclusively on IRCTC website www.irctc.co.in and its mobile app 'Irctc Rail Connect'. There will be no booking at railway reservation counters, said IRCTC in a press release.
The newly launched Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express has two AC executive class chair cars and eight AC chair cars with a capacity to carry 736 passengers.
IRCTC will follow dynamic fare scheme for Ahmedabad-Mumbai Tejas Express. There will be a different series of fares for lean, busy and festive seasons. High quality food and beverages will be served on-board by the service staff in Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central Tejas Express. There will be options of tea, breakfast and combo lunch/snacks.
In a first, IRCTC decided to pay the travellers Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express is delayed. If the Mumbai-Ahmedabad 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. There will be no facility of 'tatkal' ticket in the Tejas Express.
IRCTC is also offering a free insurance of ₹25 lakh to all the passengers travelling in Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express.