HON’BLE PRIME MINISTER TO FLAG OFF TEJAS TOMORROW AND ALSO LAY FOUNDATION STONE FOR TWO PRESTIGIOUS RAILWAY PROJECTS
Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India will be laying the foundation stone for two prestigious projects and also flag off Madurai – Chennai Tejas Express at a function at Kanniyakumari on Friday the 01st March, 2019 in the august presence of Hon’ble Governor of Tamilnadu, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, Hon’ble Minister, MPs and MLAs.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister will be Laying of Foundations stone for Restoration of Rail Connectivity between Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi (17.20km) at a cost of Rs.208 crore, Laying of Foundation Stone for Construction of new Bridge at Pamban Viaduct (2.05 Km) at a cost of Rs.250 crore and also flag off the Madurai – Chennai Egmore Tejas Express.
While the Hon’ble Prime Minister will be laying the foundation stones as well as flag off Tejas Express from Kanniyakumari through video conference, a local function will be held at Madurai to coincide with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s function.
1.Laying of Foundation stone for Restoration of Rail Connectivity between Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi (17.20km) Rs. 208 Cr.
‘Dhanushkodi’ meaning ‘Bow’s end’ in Tamil, is a village at the southern tip of Rameswaram Island. It was once a flourishing tourist and pilgrimage centre. There was a 17.20 Km-long railway line between Pamban on Chennai – Rameswaram line and Dhanushkodi. A popular ferry service connected Dhanushkodi and Talaimannar in Sri Lanka.
on 22nd December, 1964, the train popularly called as ‘Boat mail’ which left Pamban with 115 passengers was hit by a massive tidal wave and got drowned under water. Pamban Bridge was also washed away.
Restoration of rail line between Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi -
17.2 km. at a cost of Rs.208 crore
In an endeavour to revive the tourism potential and prospects of Dhanushkodi, Railway has proposed to reconstruct the 17.20 Km long Electrified line between Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi at an estimated cost of Rs.208 Crores. This will immensely benefit hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting the famed tourist destination. Modern signalling equipment and Electronic Interlocking facilities, 31 minor bridges and 10 Road Over Bridges (ROBs) will be constructed in the section. There will be three halt railway stations in the new section between Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi. Stations will be developed with all the facilities to promote the tourism in this sector including running of tourist special trains to this place.
2.Laying of Foundation Stone for Reconstruction of Pamban Viaduct Bridge No.346 (2.05 Km) – Rs. 250 Crore.
Celebrated as one of the iconic structures of the erstwhile era, the great Pamban cantilever bridge was commissioned in 1914, has already served more than 104 years which is much more than codal life. With less years of residual life of the bridge, it has been proposed to reconstruct the bridge suitable for double line including navigational lift span parallel to the existing bridge at a cost of rupees 250 crores using cutting edge-edge Technologies.
The new Pamban viaduct (2.05 Kms) will have 100 spans of 18.3m steel girder and one navigational span of 72.5 m and will be suitable for double line. It will be 3.0m higher than the existing bridge with navigational air clearance of 22.0m above sea level. Because of vertical lift, full horizontal width of 72.5m will be available for navigation.
3.Flagging off of new Tejas Express Train No. 22672/22671 (Madurai – Chennai Egmore six days a week except Thursday)
Third largest populated city in Tamil Nadu, Madurai, situated on the banks of Vaigai River is well known for its affinity to Tamil literature and rich culture since Sangam age. Hailed as ‘Thoonga Nagaram’, the city that never sleeps, Madurai is a major commercial and educational hub in South Tamil Nadu. The city has a number of historical monuments, with the Meenakshi Amman Temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace being the most prominent.
Madurai Junction Railway station, attracts large inflow of tourists and pilgrims as it provides connectivity for other tourist attractions like Ramanathaswamy Temple at Rameswaram, and Kodaikanal Hills, a summer hill resort.
Chennai Egmore Railway Station, the second important terminal of Southern Railway in the State capital is hailed as ‘Gateway to the South’.
Chennai Egmore – Madurai Tejas Express with ultra-modern facilities will be the fastest in Chennai-Madurai sector and will cover the 496 Km stretch around 6 and a half hours.
The new gift to the people of Southern districts of Tamil Nadu, Tejas Train service will provide the comfort and luxury to tourists, pilgrims and business class travellers who travel frequently between these cities.
CHENNAI – MADURAI – CHENNAI TEJAS NUMBERED AS 22671/22672
Railway Board while approving the introduction of TEJAS EXPRESS numbered the Train as Nos.22671/22672 Chennai Egmore – Madurai – Chennai Egmore TEJAS EXPRESS (6 days a week, except on Thursdays) with effect from 1st March 2019.
The inaugural special will be numbered as 02672 and will be flagged off by Hon’ble Prime Minister from Kanniyakumari through video conference. The inaugural special will leave Madurai at 14.30 hrs, leave Kodaikkanal 15.00 hrs, leave Tiruchchirappalli 16.37 hrs, and reach Chennai Egmore at 21.15 hrs.
With a composition of 1 First AC Executive Chair Car, 12 AC Chair Cars, and 2 Generator cum luggage/Brake Vans, (total 15 coaches) the regular service of Train No.22671/22672 Chennai Egmore – Madurai – Chennai Egmore TEJAS EXPRESS (6 days a week, except on Thursdays) will commence on 2nd March as per the following timings.
Train No.22671 Chennai Egmore – Madurai Tejas Express will leave Chennai Egmore at 06.00 hrs, leave Tiruchirappalli at 10.25 hrs, leave Kodaikkanal Road at 11.40 hrs and reach Madurai at 12.30 hrs. (six days a week, except Thursdays)
In the return direction, Train No.22672 Madurai – Chennai Egmore Tejas Express will leave Madurai at 15.00 hrs, leave Kodaikkanal Road at 15.30 hrs, leave Tiruchirappalli at 16.52 hrs, and reach Chennai Egmore at 21.30 hrs. (six days a week, except Thursdays)
THE RESERVATIONS FOR THE INAUGURAL SPECIAL RUN OF TEJAS on 1ST MARCH AS WELL AS REGULAR SERVICES OF TEJAS FROM CHENNAI AS WELL AS MADURAI FROM 2ND MARCH 2019 ARE OPEN.