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14/2022-23 11-04-2023
Chennai
Hon’ble Prime Minister visits Chennai today, 8th of April 2023



Hon’ble Prime Minister visits Chennai today, 8th of April 2023

Hon’ble PM flagged off Chennai – Coimbatore Vande Bharat Express from Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M.G. Ramachandran Central Station


Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India visited Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu o­n 8th April 2023 (Saturday), unveiled a host of rail and road projects, inaugurated New Integrated Air terminal and participated in the 125th anniversary celebrations of Ramakrishna Math.


vHon’ble PM flags off Chennai – Coimbatore Vande Bharat Express


Hon’ble PM flag off Chennai – Coimbatore Vande Bharat Express from Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M.G. Ramachandran Central Station. Earlier, Hon’ble Prime Minister, o­n his arrival at the station, interacted with the school children and other passengers o­nboard Vande Bharat and listened to their feedback about the prestigious train service.


 Shri R.N. Ravi, Hon’ble Mayor of Tamil Nadu, Shri M.K.Stalin, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, Dr. L. Murugan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and other dignitaries participated in the function held at Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M.G. Ramachandran Central Station.


This inaugural special train of Chennai – Coimbatore Vande Bharat had stoppages at Perambur, Arakkonam, Gudiyatham, Vaniyambadi, Tirupattur, Morappur, Salem, Erode and Tiruppur.  The train clocked 130 Kmph in Chennai – Jolarpettai section (where the authorized maximum permitted speed is 130 kmph).


At Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M.G.Ramachandran Chennai Central, rail enthusiasts, school children and members of various passenger associations gathered in large numbers to catch a glimpse of the indigenously manufactured Vande Bharat rake. The passengers travelling in the inaugural run of the Vande Bharat Express were presented with a Souvenir Ticket to make their maiden trip memorable.


Shri R.N.Singh, General Manager, Southern Railway,  Principal Heads of Departments, Shri Ganesh, DRM, Chennai and other Officers and staff of Southern Railway also greeted the passengers. 


There were 30 students from IIT, Madras of which some are doing their studies in 5G – 6G Test Bed technology and some pursuing their studies in Hyper Loop technology. Further, Drawing/Poetry recital competitions were held in the first week of April 2023 commemorating the inaugural run of Chennai - Coimbatore Vande Bharat express. A total of 932 students from thirteen schools participated. Fourteen students who were prize winners of these competitions along with IIT students got the opportunity to interact with Hon’ble Prime Ministeronboard Vande Bharat.

Detailed arrival/departure timings and stoppages of Regular service of Chennai-Coimbatore-Chennai Vande Bharat Express (Train No.20643/20644)


The regular services of Vande Bharat will commence o­n 9th April 2023 – Bookings are already open


TrainNo.20644

Coimbatore- Dr MGR Chennai Central Vande Bharat Express (Except Wednesday)

Station

Train No. 20643 Dr MGR Chennai Central—Coimbatore Vande Bharat Express (Except Wednesday)

06.00

(d)

Coimbatore

(a)

20.15

06.35/06.37

(a/d)

Tirupur

(a/d)

19.13/19.15

07.12/07.15

(a/d)

Erode

(a/d)

18.32/18.35

07.58/08.00

(a/d)

Salem

(a/d)

17.48/17.50

11.50

(a)

Dr MGR Chennai Central

(d)

14.25

Composition :Vande Bharat rake of 8 coaches


vInauguration of Agasthiyampalli – Tiruturaipundi Broad Gauge section

Later in the evening, Hon’ble Prime Minister visited Alstom Cricket Ground at  Pallavaram in Chennai and unveiled various road/rail projects.  Hon’ble PM inaugurated the 37 Km gauge converted section between Agashityampalli and Tiruturaipundi.  Commissioned at a cost of Rs.294 crores, the BG section would serve as a catalyst to socio-economic development of Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts.  Especially, the salt industries in and around Agasthiyampalli will get improved freight connectivity.  Hon’ble PM also flagged off a DEMU service between Tiruturaipundi and Agastiyampalli today.  The newly introduced DEMU services will benefit students, traders, skilled and unskilled workforce in and around the coastal Nagapattinam regions while also serving Tiruvarur district people.

Regular services of DEMU trains in Tiruturaipundi – Agasthiyampalli – Tiruturaipundi section

Train No. 76628 Tiruturaipundi-Agastiyampalli DEMU

Train No. 76630 Tiruturaipundi-Agastiyampalli DEMU

Stations

Train No. 76627 Agastiyampalli- Tiruturaipundi DEMU

Train  No. 76629 Agastiyampalli- Tiruturaipundi  DEMU

06.45

15.30

(d)

Tiruturaipundi

(a)

08.50

17.35

07.03/07.04

15.48/15.49

(a/d)

Kariyapattinam

ja/d)

08.27/08.28

17.12/17.13

07.11/07.12

15.56/15.57

(a/d)

Kuruvapulam

(a/d)

08.19/08.20

17.04/17.05

07.16/07.17

16.01/16.02

(a/d)

Neyvilakku

(a/d)

08.14/08.15

16.59/17.00

07.23/07.24

16.08/16.09

(a/d)

Topputurai

(a/d)

08.07/08.08

16.52/16.53

07.29/07.30

16.14/16.15

(a/d)

Vedaranyam

(a/d)

08.01/08.02

16.46/16.47

07.40

16.25

(a)

Agastiampalli

(d)

07.55

16.40

vHon’ble PM flags off Tambaram-Sengottai Express

Hon’ble PM flagged off an Express train service between Tambaram and Sengottai today.  The train service will provide direct connectivity to Chennai for remote stations in the delta districts of Thiruvarur, Thanjavur and for Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli district. This will also be the first regular train service from Chennai to Tiruvarur-Karaikudi section. This service will benefit students, employees, business persons and  regular travellers and will also help boost tourism in the South portion of Western Ghats which is abound in scenic locations.

The details of timings and stoppages of the regular services of Train No.20683/20684 Tambaram – Sengottai - Tambaram Superfast Express trains are as follows:

Train No20683 Tambaram -Sengottai Superfast Express(Sunday)

Station

Train No. 20684 Sengottai-Tambaram Superfast

Express(Monday)

21.00

Tambaram

06.05

22.58/23.00

Villupuram

03.50/03.55

23.40/23.41

Tiruppadiripuliyur

02.51/02.52

01.10/01.12

Mayiladuturaijn

01.13/01.15

01.50/02.00

Tiruvarur

00.15/00.25

02.29/02.30

TiruturaipundiJn

23.37/23.39

02.58/03.00

Muthupet

23.09/23.10

03.26/03.28

Pattukkottai

22.43/22.45

04.10/104.11

Arantangi

21.57/21.58

04.58/05.00

Karaikudijn

21.33/21.35

06.44/06.45

Aruppukkottai

19.43/19.45

07.13/07.15

VirudunagarJn

19.18/19.20

08.50/08.55

TirunelveliJn

17.30/17.35

09.12/09.13

Cheranmahadevi

17.09/17.11

09.26/09.28

Ambasamudram

16.55/16.57

09.47109.49

Pavurchatram

16.38/16.40

10.07/10.10

TenkasiJn

16.26/16.28

10.50

Sengottal

16.15

Date of commencement of regular services :

The above trains will be operated as Weekly services for a period of two months upto 29.05.2023. 

With effect from 16.04.2023 ex. Tambaram  (Sunday)

With effect from 17.04.2023 ex. Sengottai (Monday)

Advance booking for the above train services is open

The frequency of the service will be increased to tri-weekly from June 2023 o­nwards

·With effect from 01.06.2023 ex. Tambaram o­n Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays

·With effect from 02.06.2023 ex. Sengottai o­n Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

·Composition : AC 2-tier – 2 coaches, AC 3-tier Economy – 5 coaches, Sleeper Class – 5 coaches, General II Class – 3 coaches, Luggage-cum-Brake Van – 2 coaches

        

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