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New train to cover many cities

The Hindu Mar 07, 2017, 04:18 IST Special Correspondent

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Rail connectivity to key cities in the western region of the country from Tiruchi has been established with the introduction of an express train to Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan.

The weekly Hum Safar service from Tiruchi to Sri Ganganagar is the first inter-state long distance train to originate from Tiruchi Junction with all-AC coaches.

The new train to Sri Ganganagar, which is over 3,000 km from Tiruchi, will traverse through four States – Karnataka, Maharastra, Gujarat and Rajasthan — to reach its final destination in a little over 60 hours.

The fully air-conditioned train, flagged off by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu a few days ago through video-conference, will have 16 three-tier coaches.

It is the second inter-state long distance train to originate from Tiruchi Junction after the Howrah Express covering the eastern region of the country.

With 35 stoppages, the new Hum Safar express provides direct connectivity to key cities in the western region including Krishanarajapuram near Bengaluru, Belagavi, Pune, Kalyan, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur and Bikaner.

Railway sources said the regular service of this train from Sri Ganganagar to Tiruchi will commence from March 7.

Notwithstanding the fact that Tiruchi is one of the divisional headquarters in the Southern Railway zone, the number of trains originating from Tiruchi Junction is only a handful today.

Presently, the Tiruchi –Chennai Cholan and Rockfort expresses, Tiruchi – Tirunelveli and Tiruchi – Howrah are the only trains to originate from here.

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