A couple of months after the Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express was vandalised on its first journey, the Varanasi-Vadodara Mahamana Express suffered a similar fate on its first trip.
Railway officials at Vadodara found the train in a bad state with a number of taps, hand showers, carpets missing and some toilets and seats defaced, according to a report .
According to the report, three lavatory taps, four hand showers and two carpets were missing. There were also scratches on many seats and some mirrors were broken.
The train was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was present when the train left Vadodara station on its maiden journey.
Ravinder Bhakar, chief public relations officer of Western Railway, told that “We are trying our best to provide modern facilities to every passenger. It is very disappointing if some miscreants steal taps and showers from the lavatory. They didn’t even spare the carpets. The coaches were defaced too.”
“The condition of the general coaches was especially bad. This makes us wonder whether the passengers are fit to use such advanced facilities,” said a railway official.
The Mahamana Express was introduced by the Railway ministry to change the face of Indian Railway. The name has been given to honour Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya “Mahamana”, a freedom fighter and educationist, who established the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi.