The country's first futuristic high-speed train Tejas Express, which can travel a speed of up to 200 km per hour, will on Monday embark upon its maiden journey between Mumbai and Goa, a distance of 579 km that will be covered in just 8.5 hours.
The train, which will run between Mumbai and Karmali station, Goa, is scheduled to be inducted into service on May 22.
The Mumbai-Madgaon double-decker train service may be facing the axe with the impending introduction of the high-tech Tejas Express on the Mumbai-Goa route.
Apart from the LED screens the Tejas train is also said to be equipped with coffee-vending machines and WiFi connectivity. Tejas coaches will have CCTV cameras, fire & smoke detection and suppression system.
For the first time ever, Indian Railways has introduced "automatic entrance plug-type doors".
The train's coaches also include features such as touch-less water taps, water level indicators, hand dryers and bio-vacuum toilets. A GPS-based passenger information display system and a digital destination board has also been installed for the convenience of the passengers.
During an empty carriage ride from Kapurthala to Delhi on May 19, some miscreants threw objects that shattered the glass windows of the train.. It could have done even better if it were allowed to run at its top speed, but due to the quality of tracks in certain areas, the average speed comes out to be around 160 kmph.
Coaches of the luxury train service will comprise executive class and chair cars.
The Tejas train is expected to ply on New Delhi-Chandigarh and Lucknow-Anand Vihar (T) after the Mumbai CST-Karmali route. Ticket booking for the inaugural run started on Sunday and in the first four hours, 207 passengers booked tickets for the AC chair vehicle and 10 for executive AC chair auto.
During the monsoon - between June 10 and October 31 - it will operate thrice a week - Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.