Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Friday, flagged off country's first 'private' train - IRCTC Tejas Express, between Lucknow and New Delhi.
Tejas Express would give a luxury experience to elite commuters and tourists. Train would be a great support for passengers as it has been launched during the festive season.
Total train operational and ticketing control is with IRCTC. Train number 82501/82502 will be running six days a week between New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS) and Lucknow NE (LJN). While Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas Express train number 82501 will complete the journey in 6 hours and 15 minutes, New Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express train number 82502 will take 6 hours and 30 minutes.
Conveying his best wishes to the Indian Railways (IRCTC), UP CM, "Technology changes with the time. Tejas Express is an epitome of new India and it will serve Plane like services to passengers."
Yogi also pitched for constructing a fast train corridor between Agra and Varanasi. He said, "State government will give financial assistance for land purchase. Toy trains should run on Eco Tourism places. State government will stand in support of the private companies."
Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways' success in this new experiment would make it possible for private operators to run trains in India. The Railway Board has already demanded that zonal railways consider running private trains on 50 main routes, including Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah.
Tejas Express is a premium version of air-conditioned chair cars in the Shatabdi Express class. The latest IRCTC Tejas Express train has several unique features.
Take a look at Tejas Express unique features:
First private train: Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express, operated by IRCTC, is the first private passenger train to run on the network of Indian Railways. Tejas Express' success paves way for more private operators to operate passenger trains.
Baggage pick-up drop facility: Passengers traveling in Tejas Express can, on a payable basis, take advantage of the convenience of baggage pick-up facility.
Refund policy: For the first time, if there is any delay in the train, IRCTC has introduced the concept of partial refunds. Therefore, if the train is late by more than an hour, the passenger will receive a refund of Rs 100 and if the train is delayed by more than two hours, Rs 250 will be refunded.
Travel insurance: A free travel insurance of Rs 25 lakh will be provided to all passengers traveling in Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express.
Household theft insurance: IRCTC travel insurance also provides protection of Rs 1 lakh during passenger travel time against robbery and household theft.
Reduced cancellation charges: IRCTC would pay the passengers less compared to the clerkage charges deducted by Indian Railways at the time of ticket cancellation.
Exclusive ticket booking: Passengers traveling on Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express can only book their tickets on the IRCTC or IRCTC Rail Connect App website. The Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express ticket booking facility is not available via railway booking counters, and passengers can also get tickets booked through approved IRCTC agents.
Advanced reservation period and no tatkal quota: Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express will have an advanced booking period of 60 days instead of 120 days. No tatkal or premium tatkal allocation will be provided by the IRCTC-operated Tejas Express. A 78-seat AC chair car coach will be eligible for group/bulk reservations, however. Additionally, the train will be available for current booking after the chart planning.
Snack-styled meals: Aircraft-like snack-style meals will be offered to passengers traveling in Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express. High-quality food and drinks will be offered to passengers and free-of-cost tea/coffee vending machines will also be installed. Welcome coffee, lunch, and snacks are given in the morning before the de-boarding train, tea and dinner are provided in the evening.