Mumbai to Goa Tejas train's spirits dampened by monsoon

The much-awaited "Tejas Express" with ultra-modern amenities on board like LED TV, wi-fi, CCTV et al will be flagged off from Mumbai to Goa by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday 3:25 pm.

Though the coaches are created to run at a speed of 200km/hr, Tejas Express will operate at a maximum speed of 130 km/hr due to operational constraints in the Mumbai-Goa route.

Non-monsoon: Chair vehicle at Rs1,185 without catering and Rs1,310 with catering; Executive Class at Rs2,585 without catering and Rs2,740 with catering. Equipped with comfortable reclining chairs, the 120- seater AC coach will have large automatic food and tea/cold drink vending machines for passengers. Large windows, elegant design, more leg space and a speed that can go up to 200 kmph are the premium features that make the train around 20 per cent costlier than the Shatabdi express. The train was revealed to the public in Mumbai on Sunday.

The unidentified miscreants damaged the train en route Mumbai after it left the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala on Thursday.

Video: Inside the luxurious Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express, flag off from CST on May 22
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"The 10-AC chair train would depart from LTT at 5:33 am and would reach Madgaon at 5:30 pm on the same the day, which is why added the passengers won't increase".

Kumar, who accompanied Sharma during the train inspection, added, "The ticket booking started within minutes of its opening this morning and in the first four hours, 207 passengers booked tickets for the AC chair auto and 10 for executive AC chair vehicle". In future, the Tejas Express is expected to be introduced on the Delhi-Chandigarh section too.

Kumar also informed that the railways has planned optional onboard catering services. The ultra-modern train a centrally controlled door, bio-vacuum toilets and GPS-based passenger information display. Not only that, the minister also inaugurated booking office at Dockyard Road and Thakurli; dedicated booking office at Cotton Green, Reay Road, Chembur and Mankhurd; inaugurated Roof Top Solar Power System at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai from Dadar on May 22. It also has hand dryers, water level indicators and touch-less water taps.

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