Indian Railways' corporate trains run by the IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism) the Tejas Express is ready to restart operations of both trains 82501/02 Lucknow Jn. New Delhi IRCTC Tejas Express and 82901/02 Mumbai Central Ahmedabad IRCTC Tejas Express from February 14, 2021. The Express train will restart its operations on both the routes -- Lucknow-New Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai. These trains will be running 4 days a week (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday).
Route and timings
Train no. 82501 Lucknow Jn. New Delhi IRCTC Tejas Express will start from its source station Lucknow (LJN) at 16:10 and will reach its destination station New Delhi (NDLS) at 12:25 on the same day. Likewise on its way back 82502 New Delhi Lucknow Jn. IRCTC Tejas Express will start from its source station New Delhi (NDLS) at 15:35 and will reach its destination station Lucknow (LJN) at 22:05. Train no. 82901 Mumbai Central Ahmedabad IRCTC Tejas Express will depart from its source station Mumbai Central (MMCT) at 15:35 and will reach Ahmedabad (ADI) at 21:55 on the same day. Similarly on its reverse journey 82902 Ahmedabad Mumbai Central IRCTC Tejas Express will depart from its source station Ahmedabad (ADI) at 06:40 and will reach Mumbai Central (MMCT) at 13:10 on the same day. Booking in the Tejas Trains has already started so book your tickets now through Trainman App.
In order to ensure social distancing in trains, every alternate seat on these two trains will be kept vacant. Also, railway passengers before entering the coach will be thermally screened and will not be allowed to exchange their seats once seated. IRCTC Tejas Express passengers will be provided with COVID-19 protection kit which will contain a bottle of hand sanitiser, one face shield, one mask and a pair of gloves.
Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent unprecedented lockdown, e-catering services were suspended on March 22, 2020. In a big relief to passengers, IRCTC will resume its e-catering services from next month. IRCTC - the catering and tourism arm of the Indian Railways is going to restart its e-catering services for passengers travelling in the special trains that are currently operating.
Due to the outbreak of covid-19, operation of Tejas trains were temporarily suspended from 19 March, less than a year after it was launched as India’s first corporate train. Last year, the railway ministry allowed IRCTC to run Tejas Express touted to be a train run by an entity other than Indian Railways. The operation of the first corporate train Lucknow-Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express--started on 4 October 2019, while the Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Ahmedabad train hit the rails on 19 January.
Previously, IRCTC had restarted the operation of Tejas Express trains from October 17, 2020, after a hiatus of seven months in the wake of novel coronavirus to cater to the need of the growing passenger demand ahead of the festive season. However, in November last year, he state-owned State-owned Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) announced that it will cancel its fleet of Tejas Express trains from next week due to low occupancy. Do read the blog Tejas Trains Cancelled to know about the same in detail.
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