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IRCTC expresses concern over timing, route clash of Tejas and Vande Bharat trains: Report

As reported by PTI, IRCTC in two letters in August and September had expressed concern about possible passenger conflict between the Tejas Express and the soon-to-be-launched Vande Bharat train on the same route between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. IRCTC claimed that the clash of timings would “defeat” the objective of projecting Tejas Express as a premium corporate train of the Railways. Railway Board has been informed by IRCTC that the introduction of Vande Bharat Express will have a negative impact on the operation of Tejas Express on the same route, despite the fact that none of the Rail PSUs were available for comment. Event.

Fearing a possible loss in passenger numbers, IRCTC has told the Railways that with “considerable efforts” and changes in both train fares and services, it has created a customer base for the train. While Tejas Express departs from Ahmedabad at 6:40 am and reaches Mumbai at 1:05 am, in the other direction it departs from Mumbai Central at 3:45 pm and reaches Ahmedabad at 10:10 am.

As per the proposed timings, the new Vande Bharat Express will leave Ahmedabad at 7:25 am and reach Mumbai at 1:30 pm. In the other direction, it will depart Mumbai Central at 2:40 PM and reach Ahmedabad at 9:05 PM. The margin of both trains will be 45 minutes to 75 minutes in both directions, and the run time of Vande Bharat Express will also be less than that of Tejas Express, which takes around 6.25 to 6.50 hours on either side, thus further affecting the latter. It has been, sources said.

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IRCTC, in two communications, said that the introduction of Vande Bharat Express with similar timing in the sector and competition with the already running Tejas Express “would defeat the purpose of introduction of a premium corporate train through IR”, which in very The passenger segment intends to showcase high standards of punctuality and comprehensive onboard service of catering, security and housekeeping norms.

“Since Vande Bharat rake will be introduced in this section for the first time, it will further spoil the novelty of Tejas, which has already been spoiled by the operation of Rajdhani Tejas rake,” IRCTC said in a letter. Railway Board.

It also said that Tejas Express is already competing with low cost AC double decker and well established and popular Karnavati Express on the same route. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a rail subsidiary, operates two private trains of Indian Railways – Lucknow – New Delhi Tejas Express, which was inaugurated on 4 October 2019, and Ahmedabad-Mumbai Tejas Express, which was . Inaugurated on 17 January 2020.

Tejas trains have not been profitable since the pandemic, while the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas train had made a profit of Rs 2.33 crore in 2019-20 but lost Rs 16.69 crore and Rs 8.50 crore in 2020-21 and 2021-22. Similarly, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas train suffered a loss of Rs 2.91 crore, Rs 16.45 crore and Rs 15.97 crore in 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 respectively. Officials said IRCTC for Tejas Express costs the Railways over Rs 16.75 lakh on operational days and over Rs 5.15 lakh on non-operational days, which is around Rs 52.64 crore annually.

With inputs from PTI

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