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In two minds over launch date, railways releases timings for Tejas Express

Regarding fare, the website only states that the basic fare of AC chair car and executive class for Tejas Express will be 1.2 times the basic fare of respective classes of Shatabdi trains.

punjab Updated: Aug 17, 2018 13:56 IST
Jatinder Kaur Tur
Jatinder Kaur Tur
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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As of now, railways plans to operate the high-speed train between Chandigarh and Delhi once a week, on Wednesdays.(HT File )

Railways has announced the timetable for the much-awaited Tejas Express, even as it has yet to decided its launch date.

As of now, railways plans to operate the high-speed train between Chandigarh and Delhi, on all days of the week except Wednesday. It will begin its journey for the day at 9.30am from Delhi and arrive in Chandigarh at 12.25 am. The train will then leave Chandigarh at 5.55pm to reach Delhi at 8.55pm.

While this schedule has been updated on www.indianrailways.gov.in, when the train will actually see the light of the day remains unclear.

Regarding fare, the website only states that the basic fare of AC chair car and executive class for Tejas Express will be 1.2 times the basic fare of respective classes of Shatabdi trains.

Running at nearly 160 kmph, Tejas Express will take around three hours to cover the 250km distance between Chandigarh and Delhi, cutting down travel time between the two cities by over 30 minutes as compared to the three Shatabdi Express trains plying between the two stations.

“A final decision with respect to the Tejas Express is yet to be conveyed by the railway officials. The timetable has been decided, but there is no on-ground instruction on starting the train,” said Dinesh Chand Sharma, divisional railway manager (DRM), Ambala division.

“While the new coaches are ready and assembled for the Tejas in Delhi, it is yet to be decided if its operation will impact any of the three Shatabadi trains running between Chandigarh and Delhi,” the DRM said.

Union railway minister Piyush Goyal, during a recent visit to Chandigarh, had said there was no need for three Shatabdis on the Chandigarh-Delhi route, as the train was running with poor occupancy on most days.

Goyal had then hinted that instead of three Shatabdis, one Shatabdi and one Tejas Express will be enough on the route.

(The story has been updated)

First Published: Aug 17, 2018 10:36 IST