Last contingent of 216 delegates leave for Kashi Tamil Sangamam today
A total of 2592 delegates have been facilitated for Kashi Tamil Sangamam in 12 trips from Tamil Nadu
The month-long Kashi Tamil Sangamam events is being organized by the Ministry of Education in partnership with IIT Madras and Banaras Hindu University.The programme aims to create an understanding of shared heritage and deepen the bond between the people of Tamil Nadu and Varanasi. Today, on 13th December 2022, the last contingent of 216 delegates from Tamil Nadu left for Kashi Tamil Sangamam. The delegates boarded Train No:12390 (Gaya weekly Superfast Express) at 09:15 hrs. today from Dr. MGR Chennai Central.
Facilitation by Railways
The maiden journey of the first contingent of 216 delegates for Kashi Tamil Sangamam was flagged off by Shri R.N.Ravi, Hon'ble Governor of Tamil Nadu, on 17th of November from Chennai Egmore railway station in the august presence of Dr L.Murugan, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry. And, the the last contingent of 216 delegates from Tamil Nadu left for Kashi Tamil Sangamam today, 13th December 2022 by Train No:12390 (Gaya weekly Superfast Express) at 09:15 hrs. from Dr. MGR Chennai Central.
A total of 2592 delegates have been facilitated by various trains from Southern Railway of which, a total of 2376 participants excluding the last group have traveled and participated in the Kashi Tamil Sangamam festival at Kashi till date. After participating in the events held in Varanasi, a total of 2160 delegates have returned back to Tamil Nadu till date.
Southern Railway provided 36 coaches in 12 Mail/Express services (3 coaches in each train) earmarked for delegates bound for Varanasi from Tamil Nadu. The trains that ferried the delegates for Kashi Tamil Sangamam were Train No. 22535 Rameswaram – Banaras Express (4 trips), Train No.22669 Ernakulam – Patna Express (4 trips) and Train No.12390 Dr MGR Chennai Central – Gaya Weekly Superfast Express (4 trips). The delegates boarded these trains from Rameswaram, Coimbatore Junction, Tiruchchirappalli and Chennai (Dr MGR Chennai Central/Chennai Egmore/Perambur).
The delegates were accorded a grand reception at all the boarding stations and facilitated through help desks. The participants expressed satisfaction with the services provided by Railways. The delegates were chosen from different walks of life such as students, artisans, entrepreneurs, scholars, among others.