India’s Second Private Train, IRCTC Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express To Be Flagged Off On 17 January 2020Indian Railways’ Tejas Express Rake (Rajendra B Aklekar/Wikimedia Commons)

The second Tejas Express train to be operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will start running between Mumbai-Ahmedabad from 19 January 2020.

The Western Railway on Friday (27 December) said that it shall introduce the all new air-conditioned Tejas Express train with modern facilities and features between Ahmedabad and Mumbai Central from 19 January after its inaugural run on 17 January.

The train, on its inaugural journey, will depart from Ahmedabad at 9.30 am and reach Mumbai Central at 4 pm. Similarly on its return journey, the train will depart from Mumbai Central at 5.15 pm and arrive in Ahmedabad at 11.30 pm.

The Western Railway said that the Tejas Express will run six days a week, except Thursday.

As per the schedule, the train will leave Ahmedabad at 6.40 a.m. and reach Mumbai Central railway station at 1.10 pm, covering the entire distance of 533 km in 6 hours and 30 minutes.

It would only have six halts -- Nadiad, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Vapi and Borivali stations.

On its return journey, the train would leave Mumbai Central at 3.40 p.m. and reach Ahmedabad at 9.55 pm.

In October, the IRCTC started the first Tejas Express train between Lucknow and New Delhi. The train was flagged off by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The IRCTC had also extended the facilities of taxi hiring, and hotel bookings to those passengers who need it.

Tejas, which is India's first private train run by IRCTC, has an executive class air conditioned chair car with 56 and nine air-conditioned chair car coaches with a capacity of 78 passengers each.

Meals will be served by on-board service staff in Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central Tejas Express. Tea and coffee vending machines will be available in the train. Water will be provided on demand through RO machines for passengers.

Tejas Express contains all the modern facilities with the state-of-art interior, personalised reading lights, AC coaches, mobile charging points, CCTV cameras, bio-toilets, LED TV, automatic doors and many more.

IRCTC is also contemplating on the sale of merchandise goods on board to its passengers on these trains.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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