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20 May 2017, 03:15 | Kelvin Horton
Inside Tejas Express at Safdarjung railway station in New Delhi on Friday. Source Oinam Anand
The 19-coach train, including two power cars, two executive coaches and 15 non-executive coaches was manufactured at the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala.
Although the 19-coach train is created to run at a speed of up to 200 kmph, the existing track-related restrictions pose a hurdle. 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 train is expected to reach Mumbai on Saturday".
The state-of-the-art Tejas Express trains were announced in last year's Rail Budget.
Catering services for the prestigious train will be managed by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
The fare has not been disclosed, but the officials point out that it will be almost 30% more than that of Shatabdi and other premium trains.
Since the train is equipped with better facilities, the fare will also be slightly higher as compared to normal mail/express service, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said while inspecting the new Tejas coaches here.
Apart from Mumbai to Goa service, Indian Railways plans to run Tejas Express from Delhi to Chandigarh and Delhi to Lucknow soon.
New coaches on the train will have improved couplers that will make the journey jer-free and comfortable. "Such facilities and features are the first of its kind in the Indian Railways", said the officials.
Though the train is prepared to run at a speed of 200kmph, a report by NDTV said that it will be restricted to 160kmph as the train tracks can not endure such high speed.
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