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Hon’ble Vice President flags off Nellore-Chennai New EXPRESS MEMU service and dedicates new facilities at Chennai Suburban Stations

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President of India  dedicated various Railway facilities and flagged off Train No. 06056 Nellore – Chennai Central EXPRESS MEMU  from Nellore Railway station today, the 21st of February, 2019 in the august presence of Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways and Coal. 

 The Vice President also dedicated  New Booking Offices at Akkampeta and Tiruvottiyur, new Subway in place of LC No.34 at Gummudipundi and new Foot Over Bridge at Tiruvottiyur through Video Conferencing from Nellore Railway Station

Southern Railway conducted a Railway function at Tiruvottiyur Railway Station.  Tamil Nadu Ministers Shri D.Jayakumar, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Shri P.Benjamin, Hon’ble Minister for Rural Industries, Shri K. Pandiarajan, Hon’ble Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture graced the occasion at Tiruvottiyur. Hon’ble Members of Parliament Shri T.G. Venkatesh Babu, Dr.P.Venugopal, Shri. A. Navaneethakrishnan and Hon’ble MLAs Shri K.S. Vijaya Kumar and Shri K.P.P. Samy also graced the occasion by their presence.

 Shri.R.K Kulshrestha, Shri P.K. Mishra, AGM, Principal Heads of Departments and Shri Naveen Gulati, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai and other Southern Railway Officials  participated in Tiruvottiyur Railway Function.  Shri R.K.Kulshrestha, General Manager , Southern Railway, in his welcome speech highlighted the performance of Southern Railway.

Details of Facilities Dedicated and New MEMU Service

Subway in lieu of LC No.34 at Gummidipundi

Prioritizing the Safety of train operations, Ministry of Railways set the target for elimination of all Unmanned Level Crossings in the Broad Gauge Network of Indian Railways by September, 2018. 

Chennai – Gummidipundi - Gudur, the North Eastern Line of Chennai Suburban Corridor is witnessing heavy passenger traffic over the years. Due to the development of residential areas, trespassing of tracks has increased manifold. Road traffic near the Level Crossings gets stranded whenever Level Crossings are kept closed.

As Chennai - Gudur route falls under Group 'A' category, Railway Board, vide Pink Book 2015-16, sanctioned the work of a Limited Use Subway at a cost of Rs.2.13 Crores.  A  Limited Use Subway has thus been constructed in lieu of LC No. 34 at Km 45I3032 at Gummidipundi yard in Chennai - Gudur section.  The new Subway will ease traffic congestion by providing an hassle-free passage for pedestrians, two wheelers and light vehicles.

New Booking Office at Akkampet Railway Station

Akkampet Railway Station is located between Sullurupeta station and Tada stationin Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh.  As Tirupati Railway station and Airport is proximate, Akkampet Railway Station witnesses steady inflow of commuters.  For the benefit of passengers, a New booking office equipped with toilet facilities for staff has been constructed at Akkampet Railway Station.

The cost of the project is Rs.25 lakhs.

Foot Over Bridge at Tiruvottiyur Railway Station

Tiruvottiyur station is an important Suburban station lying in the vicinity of Chennai central station. The station receives heavy passenger inflow from both eastern and western sides of station.  Acceding to the demands of passengers, a Foot over Bridge interconnecting either sides of the approach has been constructed as part of Korukkupet – Tiruvottiyur 4th  line project

 Cost of work is Rs.1.42 Crores.

Passenger Reservation Centre at Tiruvottiyur

Considering the importance of Tiruvottiyur in the Chennai Suburban Network and as an important rail head in North Chennai, a new building for Passenger Reservation Centre-cum-UTS  has been constructed as a part of Korukkupet – Tiruvottiyur4th  line project.  The two-storey new Booking Office Building is equipped with 8 counters with 5 counters in the Ground Floor and 3 Counters in the First Floor.

Cost of the work is Rs.40 lakhs.

Nellore–Chennai Central-Nellore EXPRESS MEMU (5 Days a week - Monday to Friday)

A new EXPRESS MEMU Service, Train No 66056/66055  Nellore-Chennai Moore Market Complex- Nellore has been introduced, fulfilling the long pending demands of public. This service will be a boon to the commuters travelling between Chennai and Nellore and for those travelling in the North Eastern line of Chennai Suburban corridor.

Train No.66056 is scheduled to depart from Nellore at  05.45 hrs and  arrive Chennai Moore Market Complex at 09.05 hrs the same day. The stoppages are Vedayapalem (05.55/56), Venkatachellam (06.00/01) Gudur (06.25/26), Nayudupeta (06.50/51), Sullurpeta (07.10/11), Tada (07.22/23), Gummindipundi (07.40/41) and  Ponneri (07.54/55).

In the return direction, Train No 66055 is scheduled to depart Chennai Moore Market Complex at 16.30 hrs and  will reach Nellore at 20.20 hrs same day. The stoppages are Ponneri (17.14/15), Gummindipundi (17.34/35),Tada (18.09/10), Sulllurpeta (18.23/24), Nayudupeta (18.49/50), Gudur (19.29/30), Venkatachellam (19.49/50) and Vedayapalem (19.57/58).

The Regular Service of Chennai Moore Market Complex - Nellore MEMU will commence from Chennai Moore Market Complex o­n  21.02.2019 and Nellore to Chennai Moore Market Complex will commence from Nellore o­n 22.02.2019.

(P.A. Dhananjayan)
Chief Public Relations Officer

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