Staff Reporter

Regular service to begin on Feb. 2

Increase in number of coaches in phased manner

Coimbatore: A direct overnight express train between Coimbatore and Nagercoil announced in the last railway budget in February 2007 is finally becoming a reality with the inaugural service being flagged off from Nagercoil on February 1.

The train will be flagged off by the Union Minister of State for Railways, R. Velu, at the Nagercoil Junction at 10.15 a.m. It will reach Coimbatore at 9.30 p.m. on the same day. The regular service from Coimbatore to Nagercoil will begin from February 2.

A direct overnight express train connectivity for Coimbatore with the southern districts has been a long pending demand since many people have migrated from there to Coimbatore and nearby areas in search of employment and business opportunities.

In the absence of a train service, hitherto there was tremendous pressure on bus services and road traffic, resulting in a large number of omni buses being operated to the southern districts from Coimbatore.

The train will initially have a composition of one AC three-tier coach, six sleeper class coaches, three unreserved general second class coaches and two luggage-cum-brake vans.

Train number 6610 will leave the Coimbatore Junction every day at 8.30 p.m. and reach the Nagercoil Junction at 6.55 a.m. It will have stoppages at Tirupur, Erode, Karur, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Sattur, Kovilpatti, Vanchi Maniyachi, Tirunelveli and Valliyur.

In the return direction, the train number 6609 will leave the Nagercoil Junction at 8.30 p.m. and reach the Coimbatore Junction at 7.30 a.m.

The Chief Commercial Inspector, Coimbatore Railway Junction, L. Mohan, said that the number of coaches would be increased in a phased manner depending on the passenger patronage to the train.