India’s first private train, Tejas Express to start operations from 4 October

Tejas Express, IRCTC’s first private train is all set to start operations on October 4, 2019 between Delhi and Lucknow. This is also India’s first private train that will be operated, run and managed by the IRCTC. The train will run on all six days of the week except Tuesdays. The train will have facilities and convenience similar to an airline for the passengers. According to reports, after the first few runs and services, IRCTC might give operation controls of Tejas Express to private players. Also, the tickets for the trains can be booked 15 days prior to the journey. As far as ticket prices are concerned, a dynamic fare model might apply for the Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express. The executive class passengers will get lounge facilities at the stations, for which they’ll have to pay a marginal fee. The lounges at the stations will be well-equipped with all the modern conveniences similar to airports. In addition, passengers can also organise business meetings inside the lounge. Tejas Express will have a train driver, guards along with RPF (Railway Protection Force), which will be provided by the Indian Railways. The ticketing staff, housekeeping and catering inside the train will be controlled by IRCTC. It is expected that IRCTC will soon invite tenders for private firms to take over Tejas Express services.