Tejas Express’ fare and facilities: How it differs from govt train?

India’s first private train Delhi to Lucknow Tejas Express is all ready to hit the tracks from next week.

The train will be flagged off by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on 4 October and from the next day, it will start running in between New Delhi and Lucknow.

The online ticket window opened on Friday evening, with a base price of Rs 1,200. But, since dynamic pricing is based on demand, the fare for festive days is already four times more.

Tejas has no tatkal option and hence, dynamic pricing is a passengers’ best bet. The much-awaited Tejas express will cover the distance between Delhi and Lucknow in six hours and fifteen minutes. Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express will run six days a week except Thursday.

This will be the first train of Indian Railways that will be entirely run by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

According to a PTI report, the fare for Lucknow to New Delhi on Tejas Express will be ₹1,125 for AC chair car and ₹2,310 for executive chair car. However, in the normal train, the fare will be Rs 1085 for second AC, Rs 755 for third AC and Rs 280 for sleeper class.

Several new features are set to be introduced with these trains and the IRCTC has shared details about what’s in offing. There might be provisions such as picking up and dropping of luggage from homes of passengers. Apart from this, passengers travelling in business or executive class might also be able to avail special lounge facilities at the railway stations.

Bringing in private train operators to provide world-class passenger service was a proposal mooted by the railways in its 100-day agenda as part of its move to hand over certain trains to private operators.