Railway Budget 2012 – What’s in it for Tamil Nadu? 2

The Railway Budget 2012 provides for the following new services in Tamil Nadu:
New Trains – 
     1) Coimbatore – Bikaner (in Rajasthan)  via Konkan Railway passing through Mangalore, Roha, Vasai Road, Ahmedabad & Jodhpur = WEEKLY
     2) Chennai – Bangalore AC DOUBLE-DECKER Express = DAILY. 
     3) Trichy – Tirunelveli Intercity Express via Madurai, Virudunagar = DAILY.
     4) Dadar (Mumbai) – Tirunelveli Express via Konkan Railway passing through Roha, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai = WEEKLY
      5) Visakhapatnam – Chennai Express = WEEKLY
      6) Kacheguda (Hyderabad) – Madurai Express via Dharavaram, Pakala, Jolarpettai, Erode, Dindugal = WEEKLY
      7) Shalimar (Kolkotta) – Chennai Express = WEEKLY
      8) Mannargudi – Tirupati Express via Thiruvarur, Villupuram, Katpadi = TRI-WEEKLY. (Guage Conversion between Thiruvarur & Mayiladuthurai still underway).
      9) Chennai – Puri (in Odissa) Express = WEEKLY
     10) Asansol (in West Bengal) – Chennai Express via Purulia, Sambalpur, Vizianagaram = WEEKLY 
     11) Villupuram – Katpadi Passenger via Tiruvannamalai = DAILY. (Hopefully this is in addition to the current passenger train on this route)
     12) Villupuram – Mayiladuthurai Passenger = DAILY
     13) Palakkad – Coimbatore – Erode MEMU = DAILY
NOTE: Schedule & stoppages not known

Electrification – 
Electrification of Coimbatore – Mettupalayam line will be taken up in 2012-13

There is a mention of the MRTS extension from Velachery to St. Thomas Mount progressing smoothly and it is expected to be commissioned next year. 

Gauge Conversion – 
Sengottai – Bhagavathipuram & Pollachi – Kinattukkadavu (enroute to Coimbatore) Gauge Conversion will be completed in 2012-13

Adarsh Stations – 
Following Stations in Tamil Nadu will be upgraded as Adarsh Stations:
Ariyalur, Coimbatore, Thiruverumbur, 

Eco-friendly Power – 
As part of Railways Power Generation initiative, among other states, Railways will also set-up windmill plants in Tamil Nadu.
A bio-diesel plant is to be commissioned in Tondiarpet (Chennai) 

Sub-Urban Services – 
18 additional Services in Chennai (split among all routes in Chennai)

Royapuram Station – 
A pre-feasibility study for development of Royapuram Station in Chennai will be undertaken

Tamil Nadu may also be benefited from the other initiatives but the above are specific to the state.

2 thoughts on “Railway Budget 2012 – What’s in it for Tamil Nadu?

  1. N.G. CHOODAMANI Aug 8,2012 09:16

    Kindly let me know the train number for DADAR TO TIRUNELVELI VIA. KONKAN and the schedule for me to book the same

    • admin Aug 14,2012 23:37

      check out erail.in or indiarailinfo.com for quick information on trains…

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