Tejas Express, high-speed train from Mumbai to Goa, which commenced its maiden journey on Monday did not have the best possible run on the tracks as its first set of passengers were quite unruly in journey mode stealing headphones, damaging infotainment screens and leaving toilets, all to the disgust of the railway officials.
The train was flagged off from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on Monday and returned from Goa on Tuesday. Although the railway officials were anticipating such things, the extent of damage has left them utterly shocked. They now plan to appeal to passengers to avoid damaging the train.
Shame! Please stop this! This is what we do to our best trains! Mahamana Express in 2016 and Tejas Express in 2017. pic.twitter.com/YSrgPSDTm8— Rajendra B. Aklekar (@rajtoday) May 25, 2017
Capable of clocking speeds of 200 kmph, the Tejas Express has several unique features such as automatic doors, 9-inch infotainment screens for each seat, tea-coffee vending machines, vacuum bio-toilets, touch-free water taps in toilet and secured gangway.
Windows of newly launched Tejas Express damaged by unknown people, while it was travelling from Delhi to Mumbai, yesterday pic.twitter.com/LHMUbW4vkp— ANI (@ANI_news) May 21, 2017
At least 12 of the high-quality headphones provided for the infotainment screens are missing, said railway sources. Some screens were found scratched.
A passenger, who travelled on the train the second day, said the train was not properly cleaned. “Toilets too were unclean. Attendants were ignorant. The food was not as good as during the inaugural run,” he said.
A journey from Mumbai to Karmali AC chair-car seat on the train costs Rs1,190, while executive chair-car seat costs Rs 2,590
A journey from Mumbai to Ratnagiri on AC chair car seat costs Rs835, while executive seat costs Rs1,785.
The train will run on the Mumbai-Goa route five days of the week— Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday— during the non-monsoon period. The train will leave from Mumbai at 5 am and reach Goa at 1.30pm. The train will start from Goa at 2.30pm and reach Mumbai at 11 pm.
During the monsoon between June 10 and October 31 it will be operated thrice in a week— Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.