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Tejas Express: Railways Minister Piyush Goyal to flag off India's second private train on Friday

The commercial run of the train will start from January 19, 2020 from Ahmedabad, the railways said.The first such train, the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express, has been running since last year.

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Last Updated: Jan 16, 2020, 07.45 PM IST
Train fare will be dynamic in nature keeping in consideration the prevailing bus, taxi, rail and airfares.
NEW DELHI: India’s second private train, the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Tejas Express, will begin commercial operations on January 19, the railways ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The train, operated by Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), will have its inaugural run flagged off by railways minister Piyush Goyal on Friday.

The first Tejas is being operated by IRCTC between New Delhi and Lucknow since October last year.

The train will have “state of the art amenities” for passenger, the ministry said in a statement. All passengers will be provided with Rail Travel Insurance of up to Rs 25 lakh free of cost by IRCTC.

Bringing in private train operators to provide improved passenger services was a proposal mooted by the railways in its 100-day agenda to hand over certain trains to private operators. The Indian Railways has identified 100 routes for operation of 150 trains by private operators.

Government think tank Niti Aayog earlier this month floated a draft proposal for running these trains, indicating an investment opportunity of Rs 22,500 crore.

The 2019-20 budget had pegged the national transporter’s requirement of infrastructure investment at Rs 50 lakh crore over 12 years, thereby necessitating the involvement of private players in the sector.

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