Set for May 22 launch, Tejas Express to bring luxury to tracks

Prabhu inspects Tejas Express before it zips from Mumbai to Goa

Mumbai-Goa luxury train to start its journey from May 22

It will be inaugurated by Prabhu remotely from Dadar on Monday. Capable of running at speeds to the tune of 200 kilometres per hour, Tejas Express coaches will be equipped with a slew of on-board facilities including LCD screens, redesigned seats, CCTV cameras, automatic doors, personalised infotainment systems and an advanced fire alarm system, the Railways Ministry said on microblogging site Twitter.

The first 19 coaches of the train was rolled out by Rail Coach Factory, coach manufacturing unit in Kapurthala on Thursday.

The train also boasts enhanced safety measures like fire and smoke detection and suppression system and fire suppression system in the power vehicle. Each seat will have an LED TV with its very own touch control system, headphone socket and USB charging functionality.

There will be tea and coffee vending machines and snack tables at each coach as catering facility for passengers in the new designed coaches.

They will also get reading lights and individual call-bells, both of which will be located under the luggage rack. However, as the tracks can not endure such high speed, it will be restricted to 160 kmph, RCF General Manager (GM) R P Nibaria told news agency Press Trust of India.

The plan to build this luxury train was announced in the Rail Budget previous year. The train will run at a speed of 130kmph and will cover the distance in almost eight and a half hours.

The five-day-a-week train will depart from CST at 5 a.m. and reach Karmali at 1.30 p.m.

Promised in the budget, Tejas Express will also be pressed into service in Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow sectors, according to the railways.

Although the exact fare has not been disclosed, it is expected to be around 30 percent more than that of other premium trains like Shatabdi.

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