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Railway unions protest against Tejas Express launch, observe 'black day'

The All India Railway Men's Federation (AIRF) said it is observing the day as 'virodh diwas' across the network against the first "private" train Tejas

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Lucknow: Passengers near the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express, India's first 'private' train by IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation), during its flag-off ceremony at the Charbagh Railway station in Lucknow, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
Lucknow: Passengers near the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express, India's first 'private' train by IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation), during its flag-off ceremony at the Charbagh Railway station in Lucknow, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.

on Friday protested against the IRCTC's Tejas Express, the country's first "private" train, flagged off by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.

The All India Railway Men's Federation (AIRF) said it is observing the day as 'virodh diwas' across the network against the first "private" train Tejas and the railway board's decision to give another 150 trains to the private sector.

Terming the launch of the on Friday as a "black day", members of the carrying banners and shouting slogans gathered in front of the divisional railway manager's office here.

The new train, which will run between Lucknow and New Delhi, cuts the time travelled between the two cities to six hours 15 minutes from the six hours 40 minutes taken by the Swarna Shatabdi, currently the fastest train on the route.

First Published: Fri, October 04 2019. 16:55 IST