The brand new Tejas Express on its maiden journey from Mumbai to Goa on Monday (May 22), was left in a pathetic condition by passengers as they returned from Goa. The train’s condition that left the Central Railways shocked, had smashed windows, unflushed toilets and stolen headphones.
The infotainment screens were completely damaged and had scratches on it. Such was the condition, that few of the LED screens were crushed as well.
Due to the horrific and disappointing situation of the train, the railway officials have planned to appeal the passengers to keep the train in its original condition. As per an article in a leading daily, senior divisional security commissioner, Sachin Bhalode, has said that the railway officials would check the CCTV footage to identify the people responsible behind the damage. The Central Railway Public Relations Officer Narendra Patil has requested the passengers by saying, “The train returned to CST Mumbai in a bad shape. I appeal to the public to keep the trains clean. We the Indian Railways want to appeal to the people of India to use these facilities with a sense of responsibility. After all, railways belongs to us and not just the government.”
The train, which flagged off from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), has unique features such as 9-inch infotainment screens for each seat, automatic doors, tea-coffee vending machines, vacuum bio-toilets, touch-free water taps in toilet, Wi-Fi and leather seats including 12 high- quality headphones.
The train will run from Mumbai to Goa five days a week – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday- during the non-monsoon period. Between June 10 to October 31 (monsoon period), the train will run on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The train will leave from Mumbai at 5am and reach Goa at 1.30pm. The train will start from Goa at 2.30pm and reach Mumbai at 11pm.
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