TAMIL NADU

Special trains to Kumbakonam

CHENNAI, FEB. 26. In connection with Mahamaham at Kumbakonam on March 6, Southern Railway is operating broad gauge special trains from Chennai Egmore, Coimbatore and Nagercoil to Kumbakonam and also shuttle services between Tiruchi and Kumbakonam.

The Chennai Egmore - Kumbakonam special (0631) will leave Egmore at 7.45 p.m on March 4 and 5 and reach Kumbakonam at 5.30 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, it (0632) will leave Kumbakonam at 7 p.m., on March 5 and March 6 and arrive here at 4.30 a.m. the next day. The train will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Melmaruvathur, Tindivanam, Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Ariyalur, Tiruchi and Thanjavur.

The Coimbatore - Kumbakonam special (0634) will leave Coimbatore at 9.30 p.m. on March 5 and reach Kumbakonam at 5 a.m. the next day. In the return direction the special (0633) will leave Kumbakonam at 9 p.m. on March 6 and reach Coimbatore at 5.30 a.m. the next day. It will stop at Tirupur, Erode, Kodumudi, Pugalur, Karur, Kulithalai, Tiruchi and Thanjavur.

The Nagercoil - Kumbakonam special (0636) will leave Nagercoil at 9 p.m. on March 5 and reach Kumbakonam at 8 a.m. the next day. In the return direction the train (0635) will leave Kumbakonam at 8 p.m. on March 6 and reach Nagercoil at 7.15 a.m. the next day. It will stop at Tirunelveli, Vanchi Maniyatchi, Kovilpatti, Sattur, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Dindigul, Tiruchi and Dindigul.

Reservation will commence on February 27.

In addition to these specials, 86 shuttle services will be operated in the Tiruchi/Thanjavur - Kumbakonam broad gauge section from March 2 to 7.

Meanwhile, the departure time of train 6127 Chennai Egmore - Guruvayur will be revised between Egmore and Villupuram from March 4. The train will leave Egmore at 7.20 a.m. as against 7 a.m. and reach Villupuram at 9.50 a.m as against 9.35 a.m. However, there is no change in timings beyond Villupuram, says a railway release.