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935/2023-24 12-03-2024
PM lays foundation stone and dedicates to Railway infrastructure projects worth over Rs 85,000 crores Dedicates to nation multiple key sections of Dedicated Freight Corridor project & Flags off 10 new Vande Bharat trains

Chennai – Mysuru Vande Bharat Express & Kollam – Tirupati Express Train  flagged off

Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragod Vande Bharat Express extended upto Mangaluru Central, flagged off from Mangaluru Central today

In SR, the Pit line at Basin Bridge, Rail Coach Restaurant at Dr MGR Central, Jan Aushadi Kendras at 4 locations, Goods sheds at 6 locations and o­ne Station o­ne Product Stalls at 205 stations dedicated to the Nation

Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, dedicated and laid the foundation stone for Rs.85,000 Crore worth Railway Projects tomorrow across Indian Railways.  The Prime Minister also flagged off 10 Vande Bharat Trains and other rail services across Indian Railways.In Southern Railway, a host of ceremonial functions were held at various locations.

Flagging off of Chennai-Mysuru Vande Bharat Express

At Dr MGR Chennai Central, Shri R.N. Ravi, Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu, Dr L. Murugan, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting and Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairyinggraced the event of flagging off of Chennai – Mysuru Vande Bharat Express by Hon’ble Prime Minister virtually.   Shri Kaushal Kishore, Additional General Manager, Shri B. Viswanath Eerya, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai and other Officers and Staff of Southern Railway, Students, Scouts & Guides , rail passengers, social media influencers and general public participated in the event.

The new service, the second exclusive Vande Bharat between the cities, is also the third premium service in the corridor.  Benefiting  Professionals, businessmen and students travelling regularly between the Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru, the new service has been provided stoppage at Katpadi, Krishnarajapuram, Bengaluru and Mandya.   

The regular service of new Vande Bharat T.No.20663/20664 will ply between Dr MGR Central and SMVT Bengaluru from 14.03.2024 to 04.04.2024 with stoppages at Katpadi and Krishnarajapuram.   With effect from 5th April 2024, the service will be operated upto Mysuru via Katpadi, KSR Bengaluru and Mandya.

Flagging off of  Extension of Thiruvananthapuram – KasaragodVande Bharat upto Mangaluru Central

Hon’ble PM flagged off the extension of T.No. 20631/20632 Kasaragod –Thiruvananthapuram Central – Kasaragod upto Mangaluru Central.  Shri Nalin Kumar Katil, Hon’ble Member of Parliament graced the event at Mangaluru Central.  Shri Arun Kumar Chaturvedi, Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad and other Officers, Staff, rail passengers, students and general public participated in the event.

Enhancing connectivity between Kerala and Karnataka, Mangaluru Central – Thiruvananthapuram Vande Bharat service will boost the connectivity between Kerala and Karnataka saving considerable travel time between Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru.  Pilgrimage and regional Tourism will get a significant boost with the prime pilgrim and tourist attractions falling the route.

Flagging off of Express Train service between Kollam – Tirupati (T.No.17241/17242)

Hon’ble PM flagged off the first exclusive Mail/Express service connecting Kollam – Tirupati.  Shri N.K. Premachandran and Shri Kodikunnil Suresh, Hon’ble Members of Parliament graced the occasion at Kollam Junction.  Shri Viji M.R., Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad and other Officers, Staff, rail passengers, students and general public participated in the event.

 Kollam – Tirupati – Kollam Express train will offer direct connectivity between the major pilgrimage centres such as Sabarimala, Guruvayur and Tirupati serving the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.  The new service will offer a fillip to tourism with many tourist hotspots like Ernakulam, Aluva and Kollam falling in the route besides connecting  the industrial and textile hubs of Tamil Nadu like Coimbatore, Tiruppurenroute. 

Dedication to the Nation

Hon’ble PM also dedicated the following facilities in Southern Railway:

·Pitline at Basin Bridge, Chennai (24-LHB coach CAMTECH Standard Pitline)

Two CAMTECH pit lines for 24 LHB coach length in pit line NL 9 & NL 10  at Basin Bridge coaching yard have been commissioned at a cost of Rs.52.6 Crores. The new standard pit lines are equipped with High pressure pipe lines for easy cleaning and maintenance of coaches.  Further, lighting arrangements for maintenance during night hours and Collection well and pumping systems have been provided to prevent water stagnation.  The new facility will be utilized for the maintenance of Vande Bharat Coaches and other premium trains. 

·Goods Sheds

In Southern Railway, the following Goods Sheds (6 locations) were dedicated to the Nation by Hon’ble PM:

1.Singaperumal Koil






These Goods Sheds pave the way for hassle-free freight movement given their proximity to agro and industrial hubs, besides facilitating ease of of freight loading and unloading. 

·Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadi Kendra

In Southern Railway, the following Jan AushadiKendras(4 locations) were  dedicated to the Nation:





These Jan AushadiKendras have been opened to Promote Government of India’s mission to make available quality medicines and consumables (Janaushadhi products) to all at affordable price under Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Scheme. Besides enabling passengers/visitors at railway stations to easily access Janaushadhi products, these pharmacies will also create employement opportunities and general avenues for entrepreneurs.

· Rail Coach Restaurant at Dr MGR Chennai Central

Offering a unique dining ambience to the rail users, the Rail Coach Restaurant is located prominently at the southern end of Dr MGR Chennai Central. With a total seating capacity of 180 persons, the restaurant offers a variety of cuisines with soothing beverages and tasty snacks.  This initiative provides  Non-fare revenue for railways besides creating  employment opportunities.

·One Station o­ne Product stalls at 205 stations

In Southern Railway, Hon’ble PM dedicated to the Nation, a total of 205 o­ne Station o­ne Product (OSOP) stalls. These stalls have been set up in line with Government of India’s mission to promote ‘Vocal for Local’ mission, and to provide a market for local/indigenous products and create additional income opportunities for the marginalized sections of the society.  This novel initiative will create employment opportunities for local artisans, potters, weavers /handloom weavers, craftsmen etc. The OSOP stall isalloted for a period of 15 days o­n payment of nominal registration fee of Rs.1000/-, and the allotment process has also been simplified for the benefit of applicants.

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