The premium intercity train Tejas Express is likely to be launched on the Mumbai-Goa route by June this year.
The semi high-speed train will be one of the fastest on the route, covering the distance in under 11 hours.
The train will also be packed with more than 20 luxury features, including WiFi, reclining chairs with individual LCD screens, automatic doors, tea/ coffee vending machines, snack tables, modular bio-vaccum toilets, hand driers, toilet occupancy indicators, electronic passenger charts, digital destination boards and Braille displays.
The Tejas Express, being built at the Integrated Coach Factory in Chennai, was envisioned as a luxury service and was proposed in the 2016-17 railway budget .
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu said it will run on a few routes across India, including the high-traffic Mumbai-Goa line. Running at a maximum speed of 130kmph, the train will start at CST and reach Karmali in Goa in 10 hours and 45 minutes — cutting down journey time from the current 12 hours.
Sources said local cuisine by celebrity chefs will be served, the cost of which will be part of train fare.
Prabhu had described the Tejas as the “future of train travel in India”. But the fares will be much higher than the Shatabdi.