Southern Railway introduces two Durontos, 14 other new trains
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 16:06
Chennai: Southern Railway Wednesday announced the introduction of 16 new trains, including two Duronto services, in its new Time Table coming into effect from Thursday.

Besides the bi-weekly Duronto expresses between Chennai and Coimbatore and Ernakulam and Lokmanya Tilak terminus (Mumbai), nine other long distance trains and five passenger services form part of the Time Table, unveiled by Southern Railway General Manager Deepak Krishan here.

Other new trains are Chennai-Haldia Express, Chennai-New Jalpaiguri, Puducherry-Katpadi, Nagercoil-Bangalore and Tiruchirapalli-Mangalore (all weekly), Coimbatore-Tirupati (tri-weekly), Madurai-Tirupati and Ernakulam-Pune (bi-weekly) and Kozhikode-Thiruvnanthapuram (five days a week).

The date of launch of these trains would be notified later.

Krishan said the guage conversion work on Thiruvananthapuram-Tenkasi, Dindigul-Palani and Palakkad-Pollachi lines would be completed by March 2011.

The proposed doubling works in the region would be completed by this year end, he said, adding work on the new lines from Nagore to Karaikal and Nagapattinam to Vailankanni would be completed very soon.

He aid the Southern Railway had also proposed to construct about 100 road-over-bridges across the region. "This year we will complete at least 40 bridges," he said.

On the commercial front, he said Railways had planned to rent out spaces in all stations in the region for the purpose of advertisements.

In 2009-10, Southern Railways operated 2,230 special trains compared to 2,070 in the previous year, which resulted in 13 per cent increase in revenues.


First Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 16:06

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