The Tejas Express of the Indian Railway will resume its services for Ahmedabad-Mumbai and Lucknow-New Delhi routes from February 14, the railway ministry has announced.
The IRCTC had to shut down the service of Tejas for seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas Express was cancelled from November 23 and Ahmedabad-Mumbai from November 24 last year.
Tejas Express trains started its services from October 17 2020. However, operations were stopped a month later due to low occupancy.
IRCTC has issued guidelines on how these trains would operate in the midst of a pandemic, each alternate seat on the two trains will remain vacant to ensure social distancing and passengers will be thermally screened before entering the coach and will not be allowed to exchange seats once they have been seated.
Tejas Express will provide “Covid-19 protection kit” to all its passengers, which will contain a bottle of hand sanitizer, one face shield, one mask, and a pair of gloves.
Moreover, in a big relief to passengers, IRCTC will resume its e-catering services from next month, a statement from the railways’ catering arm said.