New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhutoday flagged off IRCTC’s Tiger Express, a semi-luxury tourist train launched to spread awareness among people regarding tiger conservation, from Safdarjung station here. Flagging off the train using a remote control from Mumbai, Prabhu said it has been launched to spread awareness about conservation of tigers.
This is the first semi-luxury train on a tourist circuit having a dining car. The itinerary has a tariff structure starting from Rs 38,500, IRCTC said in a statement. The package includes accommodation in air-conditioned rooms of three stars or equivalent ranked hotels for three nights, sightseeing, food, inter-city transfers and travel insurance, it said. Giving details of the itinerary, an IRCTC official said during the five-night-six-day trip the train would take passengers to Katni from where they will be taken Bandhavgarh by road for a safari. From there they will be taken to Kanha for another safari. The tourists will then be taken to famous Dhuadhar Falls in Bhedaghar, Jabalpur, before heading back to Delhi.
“The Tiger Express is one of the most innovative tourist products launched by IRCTC. Its announcement was made by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in his budget speech,” said Dr A K Manocha, CMD, IRCTC. “We’ve planned monthly trips of the fully air-conditioned train October onward,” he added. The train has been launched on the World Environment Day with an aim to spread awareness among people on tiger conservation, the Railways said in a statement. Union minister Harshvardan and BJP national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi attended the function.
“I congratulate railways for starting this train. Railways is attempting to make people realize the importance of tigers. And I am happy about the fact that the launch of this train was announced in the budget and I am happy that the train has been started right on time,” Harshvardhan said. PTI
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