Tejas Express and Vande Bharat Express began it’s commercial run today.
Country’s first “private” train, Tejas Express is run by its subsidiary IRCTC, between Lucknow and New Delhi.
Whereas Vande Bharat Express is expected to give a boost to the tourist-driven economy of Jammu region.
The train cuts the time travelled between the two cities to six hours 15 minutes from the six hours 40 minutes taken by the Swarna Shatabdi, currently the fastest train on the route.
The Tejas Express will leave Lucknow at 6.10 am and reach New Delhi railway station at 12.25 pm. On its return journey, the train will leave Delhi at 3:35 pm and reach Lucknow at 10:05 pm.
The Tejas Express will have only two halts Kanpur and Ghaziabad.
It will run on all days of the week, except Tuesday.
If this experiment of handing over certain operations to IRCTC is successful, the railways will make way for private operators to run trains in India, officials said.
The Railway Board has already asked zonal railways to consider the feasibility of running private trains on 50 key routes, including Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah.
The Tejas Express is a premium version of the Shatabdi Express category of air-conditioned chair-car trains.
The new IRCTC Tejas Express train has several new features. In a first, passengers will be paid for any delay on an hourly basis. Also, each passenger will get free Rs 25 lakh insurance.
The Tejas Express ticket is priced at Rs 1,280 for AC chair car passengers and Rs 2,450 for executive chair car. However, due to dynamic pricing, the costliest Tejas ticket till now is Rs 4,325.