IRCTC operates two Tejas trains on routes, New Delhi-Lucknow and Mumbai-Ahmedabad. A Parliament reply by the Ministry of Railways mentioned that these trains are nor making income over the past two years due to Covid-19 pandemic.
“In view of Covid-19 pandemic each these trains weren’t operational for an extended interval and even the frequency of the trains was lowered. Due to this, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) earned much less income in operation of those two Tejas Train providers,” said the reply given by the Minister of Railways, Ashwini Mahajan.While Lucknow- Delhi Tejas train made a profit of INR 2.33 crore during the year 2019-20 it incurred losses of INR 16.69 crore and INR 8.50 crore in the years 2020-21 and 2021-22. Similarly, Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas train incurred losses of INR 2.91 crore, INR 16.45 crore and INR 15.97 crore in the years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 respectively.
At present, no proposal for operation of regular passenger trains by private operators, is under consideration.