Passengers reportedly stole headphones and tried to take out TV screens, in process damaging some screens.
The Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express, the country’s first high-speed semi-luxurious train, returned to Mumbai after its first visit to Goa in a mess, after some passengers thrashed the LCD screens, stole headphones, soiled the toilets and littered all over the train.
Praised as a flight on the rails, the Tejas Express was an experiment to boost tourism. If successful, the train will run on more routes in the future.
LCD screens, WiFi, food prepared by executive chefs, a network of CCTV cameras to enhance the security system on board, automatic doors, push button for the attendant to come to the seat were part of the train, says reports. The ticket price varies between 1185 in chair car to 2740 in executive class.
Tejas Express, which has been dubbed as an airplane on rail track, seems to have had a rather forgettable maiden journey.
Multiple media reports said about 12 “high quality” headphones were stolen and a few of the LCD TVs installed had scratches on them. The headphones and LCD screens are part of Indian Railways’ mission to make the rail journey an attractive proposition for passengers.
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Passengers allegedly thrashed the LCD screens on the seats and stole the headphones provided, reported a Mumbai based news magazine. A senior railway official told that “at least a dozen headphones” were missing from the train after Monday’s journey. He also said a couple of LED screens had scratch marks on them.
The railway authorities were shocked to see the mess on the train, following which they have now appealed to passengers to safeguard the Tejas Express and treat it like their own property (Please read: Not to take materials as their own from the train).
Senior divisional security commissioner, Sachin Bhalode said, “We will check the CCTV footage to identity the culprits. The cameras have been placed in vestibule and corners of the compartment.” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also expressed his embarrassment on the incident.