IRCTC temporarily shuts down Texas Express as passenger occupancy drops dramatically

Less than a month after operations resumed, Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) shut down Tejas Express on Monday, November 23. The IRCTC has decided to close the Lucknow-Delhi and Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express due to passenger shortages.

The country’s first private train, Tejas Express, resumed operations in October due to holiday fever after it ceased operations due to the coronavirus in March 2020.

The Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas Express was cancelled as of November 23, while the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Tejas Express will be cancelled as of Tuesday, November 24.

The IRCTC reportedly said in a statement:

“Management has decided to cancel all IRCTC Texas train departures due to low occupancy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company will reconsider its decision after seeing other Indian Railways trains operating on these two routes. “”

The IANS reported that after service resumed in October, Tejas Express utilization was between 25 and 40%. This was well below the 50-80% occupancy before the lockdown.

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