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Bangalore-Nagore passenger via Mayiladuthurai from July 1

    Syed Muthahar Saqaf
    P. V. Srividya
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Running of the daytime service follows completion of BG conversion works

The much-awaited direct train service from Nagore to Bangalore would be re-introduced from July 1.

The Railways has proposed to extend the Bangalore–Salem daytime passenger train to Nagore and it will be operated via the newly-laid Tiruvarur-Mayiladuthurai BG section.

The Nagore–Bangalore passenger will be the first passenger train to be operated on the Tiruvarur–Mayildathurai track, ever since the BG conversion works were completed in this section in March last.

The Bangalore City–Salem passenger (56514) will be extended to Nagore with effect from July 1 and the Salem–Bangalore City junction passenger (56513) will run from Nagore on July 2, according to a press release of the Southern Railway here on Wednesday.

At present, the Bangalore–Nagore passenger will leave Bangalore at 7.15 a.m. and arrives at Salem at 12.55 p.m. It will leave Salem at 1 p.m. and will arrive at Nagore station at 10 p.m.

In the return direction, the Nagore–Bangalore passenger will leave Nagore at 4 a.m. and will reach Salem junction at 1.25 p.m. It will depart from Salem at 1.30 p.m. and will reach Bangalore city junction at 7 p.m.

Stoppages

The stoppages along the extension include Salem junction, Salem Market, Salem Town, Ayodhyapattanam, Minnampalli, Valappadi Gate, Ettapur Road, Peddanayakkan Palalyam, Attur, Talaivasal, Melnariyppanur, Chinna Salem, Siruvattur, Pukiravari, Kuttakudi, Mukhasaparur, Vriddhachalam, Uttangal Mangalam, Neyveli, Vadalur, Kurinjipadi, Cuddalore Port, Parangipettai, Chidambaram, Vallampadugai, Kollidam, Sirkazhi, Vaitheeswarankoil, Anandatandavapuram, Nidur, Mayiladuthurai, Peralam, Nannilam, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Nagore.

It may be recalled that the daytime Nagore passenger train via Tiruvarur, Mayiladuthurai, Cuddalore, and Vriddhachalam which provided direct connectivity to the devotees of Karnataka to visit the shrines of Tirunallar, Velankanni and Nagore, was suspended a few years ago for the BG conversion works between Bangalore and Salem. After this BG conversion works were over, this passenger train was operated between Salem and Bangalore.

Rs. 204 crore

The Railways, a few years ago, announced the extension of the Bangalore–Salem passenger train to Nagore, after the completion of the BG conversion works in the Tiruvarur–Mayiladuthurai section.

The 38-km Tiruvarur-Mayiladuthurai section was converted into BG track at a cost of Rs. 204 crore. S.K. Mittal, Commissioner for Railway Safety, conducted mandatory inspection of the new track on March 22 and certified it fit for train movement.

Goods train services were introduced on the newly-laid Tiruvarur-Mayiladuthurai section in the first week of April.

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