The luxurious train, Tejas Express, will start running between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Karmali in North Goa on May 22. All preparations have been done for the launch of the 20-coach train, which will have secured gangways, automatic doors, and 22 new features.
According to Central Railway officials, the coaches have been manufactured in the Indian Coach Factory, Perambur, Chennai. The train will run at a speed of 130kmph and will cover the distance in nearly eight and a half hours. “The coaches will have bio-vaccum toilets, water level indicators, tap sensors, and hand dryers. Such facilities and features are the first of its kind in the Indian Railways,” said the officials.
The five-day-a-week train will depart from CST at 5 a.m. and reach Karmali at 1.30 p.m. Similarly, it will leave Karmali at 2.30 p.m. and reach CST at 11 p.m.
The train will have executive class and chair class. “The coaches will have tea and coffee vending machines, magazines, snacks tables, LCD screens, and Wi-Fi,” said the officials.
The fare has not been disclosed, but the officials point out that it will be nearly 30% more than that of Shatabdi and other premium trains.
General manager Devendra Kumar Sharma confirmed the launch. “Tejas Express will be in the city on May 20 from New Delhi and will be launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on May 22.”