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52/2023-2427-04-2023
Chennai
Hon’ble Prime Minister will flag off the prestigious Vande Bharat Express between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod


Hon’ble Prime Minister will flag off the prestigious Vande Bharat Express between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod

Hon’ble Prime Minister to unveil a host of rail projects worth over Rs.1900 Crores for the state of Kerala tomorrow

Hon’ble PM will dedicate 179 Km Electrified section between Palakkad-Palani-Dindigul completed at a cost of Rs.242 Crore

Hon’ble PM will lay the foundation stone for redevelopment of Thiruvananthapuram, Varkala Sivagiri and Kozhikode at a total cost of Rs.1140 Crore

Hon’ble PM will lay thefoundation stone for comprehensive development of Thiruvananthapuram area at a cost of Rs.156 Crores

Hon’ble PM will lay the foundation stone for increasing the sectional speed of Thiruvananthapuram – Shoranur (326.83 Km) section at a cost of Rs.381 Crores

Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India is visiting Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala to unveil several infrastructure projects for the state o­n 25th April, 2023.  In this connection, Hon’ble PM will flag off Thiruvanthapuram-Kasaragod Vande Bharat Express and dedicate/lay the foundation stone for rail projects worth over Rs. 1,900 Crores besides inaugurating various State Govt and Kochi Metro projects for the people of Kerala.

The Hon'ble Prime Minister will flag off the prestigious Vande Bharat Express between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod, the first Vande Bharat in the state of Kerala,from Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station. This Vande Bharat Express between the state capital Thiruvananthapuram and historical town Kasaragod will be the first Vande Bharat exclusively serving the state of Kerala.This premium service will reduce the average travel time between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasargod by almost three hours and will offer faster connectivity between Southern and Northern Kerala.

As part of the event to be held at Central Stadium, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram o­n 25th April 2023, Hon’ble PM will dedicate to the Nation, the electrified 179 Km section between Palakkad-Palani-Dindigul commissioned at a cost of Rs.242 Crores.   One of the significant sections interlinking the states of Kerala and Tamil NaduPalakkad-Palani-Dindigulsection has been brought under electrified traction to offer environment-friendly modes of transportation and attain zero carbon emissions. 

The electrification of Dindigul-Palani-Palakkad section obviates the need for traction change for all traffic between Dindigul in Tamil Nadu and Palakkad in Kerala saving considerable time and ensuring faster transportation. Moreover, the section is an important freight route and the stations located enroute will get faster connectivity with the commissioning of this electrified section. Electrification will pave the way for introduction of MEMU services and will bring about seamless connectivity providing faster access to pilgrimage and tourism destinations.

Further, Hon’ble PM will lay the foundation stone for redevelopment of three major railway stations in Kerala – Thiruvananthapuram, Varkala Sivagiri and Kozhikode at a total cost of Rs.1140 Crore. 

Thiruvananthapuram, Varkala Sivagiri and Kozhikode will be placed o­n the map of world-class stations sportings pectacular modern look blended with culture and heritage values of Kerala, aesthetically designed interiors with improved ambience, landscaped exterior and other airport-like facilities. All these three stations will sport futuristic world-class amenities  promising to meet the requirements of the next 40 years with seamless movement of passengers by separate Arrival and Departure corridors, Multi level vehicle parkings and multi-modal connectivity.

In addition, Hon’ble PM will lay thefoundation stone for comprehensive development of Thiruvananthapuram area at a cost of Rs.156 Crores.  This includes development of Trivandrum’s satellite terminal Kochuveli and the new additional terminal at Nemom.  o­nce the project is complete, there will be hassle-free flow of rail traffic from all the three terminals greatly decongesting Thiruvananthapuram Central and thereby augmenting the terminal capacity and paving way for introduction of more train services.

Nemom Terminal will facilitate handling of train services both towards Ernakulam & beyond and also towards Nagercoil / Madurai.  It will provide additional stabling facility and reduce detention to trains at signals short of Thiruvananthapuram Central.  The two additional Platforms and o­ne additional Stabling line  at Kochuveli will facilitate handling of additional trains from Kochuveli Terminal

Apart from the above projects, Hon’ble PM will lay the foundation stone for increasing the sectional speed of Thiruvananthapuram – Shoranur (326.83 Km) section at a cost of Rs.381 Crores.  o­nce the sectional speed of the section is increased, Kerala rail passengers can look forward to much faster trains and reduced travel time with faster connectivity to the major destinations in Kerala.

Hon’ble Governor of Kerala, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala, Hon’ble Union Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & IT and other dignitaries will participate in the above events to be held at Thiruvananthapuram.  

                                                                                      

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P.S. The schedule of inaugural run of Vande Bharat Express between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod o­n 25.04.2023 is given in Annexure-A



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