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Suresh Prabhu flags off high-speed Tejas Express

Suresh Prabhu flags off high-speed Tejas Express

The Indian railway passenger will travel posh from today with Tejas, the country's first semi-high speed, fully air-conditioned train.

The much-hyped train was flagged off via video-conference at 3:25pm from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. The train has the capacity to run at 200 km an hour and passengers will be able to reach Goa in nine hours from Mumbai city.

Non-monsoon: Chair auto at Rs1,185 without catering and Rs1,310 with catering; Executive Class at Rs2,585 without catering and Rs2,740 with catering.

The Mumbai-Goa train would halt at Dadar (DD), Thane (TNA), Panvel (PNVL), Ratnagiri (RN), Kudal (KUDL) and has a total 15 LHB coaches - one executive chair auto, 12 coaches, generator cum SLR - two coaches. Train No 22120 Superfast Tejas Express will leave Karmali at 2.30 PM on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting from May 23 and arrive at the CST at 9 PM.

According to the railway minister, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of 'Make in India' the coaches of Tejas Express have been manufactured at Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, Punjab.

Tornado warning issued for county until 4:30 pm
The possible tornado may have touched down in the area, which is at the coast, before moving over the water, Shashy said. The focal point for severe weather late Wednesday afternoon and evening will be a warm front surging in from the south.

Tejas Express trains will be available five days a week under its non-monsoon schedule.

Bookings for the Tejas Express service opened from May 21. If a passenger opt for it, catering charge will be added to the fare.

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. There are 12 AC chair cars in Tejas. Railways will also provide magazines, snack tables. The train is also equipped with smoke, fire detection system.

Tejas Express has 15 coaches. After launching on the Mumbai-Goa route, the train will be pressed into service on the Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow routes.

There will also be water level indicators in bio-vacuum toilets, sensorised taps, and hand driers.

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