The second Ahmedabad-Mumbai Tejas express will be flagged off by the Union railway and commerce minister Piyush Goyal and Gujarat chief minister, Vijay Rupani from Ahmedabad today. It will run simultaneously in the opposite direction to Shatabdi express. The commercial run of the train will start from Sunday from Ahmedabad, the railways said.
There will be no tatkal quota or premium tatkal quota in the train. There will be only general quota and foreign tourist quota. Foreign tourist quota of 6 seats in EC and 12 seats in CC will be available for foreign tourists. Besides travel insurance, IRCTC will pay each passenger a compensation of Rs.100 in case the train is delayed by more than one hour and Rs.250 in case of delay of more than two hours.
The Tejas Express will be operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. The air-conditioned train will run six days a week, except on Thursdays. According to schedule, the train will leave Ahmedabad at 6.40 am and reach Mumbai Central railway station at 1.10 pm., covering the entire distance of 533 km in 6 hours and 30 minutes.
The train will have six halts including Nadiad, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Vapi and Borivali. On its return journey, the train will leave Mumbai Central at 3.40 pm and reach Ahmedabad at 9.55 pm. In October, the IRCTC started the first Tejas Express between Lucknow and New Delhi.
Tejas will have an executive class air-conditioned chair car with 56 seats and nine air-conditioned coaches. The train will have tea and coffee vending machines along with CCTV cameras, LED TV, and automatic doors.
Th train fare will be dynamic keeping in consideration the prevailing bus, taxi, rail and airfares. Train fares will be on point-to-point basis. Current bookings will be available after preparation of first chart, which will normally be between four hours before and up to five minutes before the scheduled departure of the train.
All passengers travelling on the IRCTC train will get rail travel insurance of up to Rs.25 lakh free of extra cost. This complimentary travel insurance also includes an exclusive coverage of Rs. 1 lakh against theft or robbery during the travel period of the passengers.