To be operated thrice a week, says Dindigul MP
The much-awaited express train to Chennai from Palani will be introduced on October 2, according to Dindigul MP N.S.V. Chitthan.
Talking to presspersons here on Saturday, he said the express train would depart from Palani station at 4 p.m. on the Gandhi Jayanti and arrive at Chennai the next morning.
Initially, the train would be operated thrice a week owing to shortage of compartments.
The train would depart from Chennai Central Railway Station at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and reach Palani at 8 a.m. the following days.
The express train would be operated as passenger train between Palani and Dindigul and as express train between Dindigul and Chennai.
The up train would start from Palani at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and reach Chennai the following mornings.
The train would halt at all major stations such as Dindigul, Karur, Salem, Jolarpet and Katpadi.
The train would comprise 16 compartments, including seven unreserved coaches, six second class sleeper coaches, one three-tier a/c compartment and a second class a/c compartment. Thirty seats had been allotted for Palani and 20 seats for Dindigul in each compartment.
Second class fare to Chennai would be Rs.140, Mr.Chitthan pointed out.
As Palani station did not have adequate number of platforms, the train would be brought back to Dindigul after scheduled run.
It would return to Dindigul from Palani during daytime as passenger train. Again, it would go to Palani in the evening as passenger train to start its regular journey to Chennai.
Efforts were on to operate trains from Palani to Tiruchendur and Rameswaram.
To meet the drinking water needs of passengers, the Southern Railway had planned a water purifying plant in Dindigul and Palani at an estimated cost of Rs.15 lakh each, he noted.