The New Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express will be replaced by Tejas Express from February 15 to March 31, said Northern Railways in a statement.
In a letter dated February 10, the Northern Railways said, “In reference to your letter under reference (ii), Railway Board vide letter under reference (i) has clarified regarding running of New Delhi-Varanasi-New Delhi Vande Bharat from February 15 till March 31 this year.”
Also note, the fares of the train will be lesser in comparison to Vande Bharat Express.
The train covers the distance between New Delhi and Varanasi in eight hours and runs on all days of the week, except Monday and Thursday.
However, passengers will be thermally screened and required to wear face masks before boarding the train as precaution from coronavirus.
At present, there are four pairs of Tejas Express in Indian Railways which were introduced in the last three years. Two of these, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-Karmali Tejas Express and Chennai Egmore-Madurai Jn Tejas Express are being run by the Indian Railways.
While the other two Tejas trains, the Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas Express and Mumbai Central-Ahmedabad Tejas Express, are operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
The Vande Bharat Express was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15, 2019. It started its commercial operations from New Delhi to Varanasi after two days.