Here’s some great news for regular commuters who take trains between Surat and Mumbai – you can soon choose to travel in style with access to all amenities possible.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced that the Indian railways will soon be introducing a high-end Tejas train that will ply between Surat and Mumbai and vice versa at 130 kmph. The journey will last less than two and a half hours and those who take the train can expect to be pampered quite a bit. The service is expected to start from March.
The Tejas train is a new class of trains that will be commercially introduced across the country in 2017. Prabhu, who was attending the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Surat, made this announcement recently.
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The Times of India quoted him as saying, “It will offer on-board services such as entertainment, local cuisine, Wi-Fi, etc. through a single service provider to ensure accountability and improved customer satisfaction.”
The introduction of Tejas has caused quite a bit of interest among the general public. So far, the government has declared that there will be three routes – Anand Vihar Terminal to Lucknow Junction, Delhi to Chandigarh Tejas Express and Mumbai to Karmali (North Goa). They are expected to cost about 20-30% more than the fare of a Shatabdi express.
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But they are also expected to offer far more features than the average Indian train. Apart from free Wi-Fi, expect cuisine curated by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, LED screens on the backs of all seats for in-train entertainment, hand dryers, bio-vacuum toilets, water level indicators and more.