Goa Tejas Express all set to chug off today

Mumbai: The speed of all long-distance trains will be increased in the next two to three years, Union minister Suresh Prabhu said in Dadar after flagging off the maiden run of Tejas Express, the country's first high-speed, amenities-rich train at CST on Monday.

Tejas made its first run today from Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and it reaches Karmali, North Goa tomorrow morning, covering a distance of 579 km in 8.5 hours.

Coaches of the luxury train service will comprise executive class and chair cars.

The Mumbai-Goa train would halt at Dadar (DD), Thane (TNA), Panvel (PNVL), Ratnagiri (RN), Kudal (KUDL) and has a total 15 LHB coaches - one executive chair vehicle, 12 coaches, generator cum SLR - two coaches.

The inside view of Tejas Express coach
The inside view of Tejas Express coach

Tejas Express is a semi-high-speed train having modern onboard facilities, enhanced passenger comfort and showcases the future of Train travel in India.

During monsoon season, the train will depart from Mumbai on every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and will leave Karmali at 7.30 a.m. on every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Manufactured at the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, the train will be wrapped in graffiti proof, vinyl in a bright yellow and orange colour theme.

The run will commute between Mumbai and Goa for five days a week. However, if you don't want to pay for food at the time of booking, and wish to buy it on board, you will need to pay an extra amount of Rs50 per service, along with the prescribed catering charges.

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The Tejas Express features LED screens, foldable snack tables and USB points.

Composition: Total 15 LHB Coaches:- Executive CC - 01, Coach, CC - 12 Coach, Generator Cum SLR - 02 Coach.

The train will also operate on Delhi-Chandigarh and Surat-Mumbai routes.

A GPS-based display system alongwith an infotainment system has been provided on each seat of the train.

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He also took to Twitter to welcome the new rail service, saying, "Welcome to Tejas Express".

In addition, there are bio-vacuum toilets, automatic faucets with proximity sensors, and hand dryers.

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