7 February 2016


hri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways laid the foundation stone for the 3rd broad gauge railway line between Tambaram – Chengalpattu during a grand function held at East Tambaram Railway Colony Ground in Tambaram, Chennai o­n 07.02.2016, Sunday in the august presence of Thiru T.K.M. Chinnayya, Hon’ble Minister for Animal Husbandry, Govt. of Tamil Nadu.Thiru K.N. Ramachandran, Hon’ble M.P. and Tmt. K. Maragatham, Hon’ble M.P. graced the occasion as distinguished guests.Thiru Tiruchi Siva, Hon’ble M.P. honoured the occasion by his presence.

The Hon’ble Union Railway Minister also laid the foundation stone for new broad gauge rail line between Chinna Salem – Kallakurichi at Kallakurichi through video conferencing, inaugurated an escalator provided under MPLAD scheme by Thiru Tiruchi Siva, Hon’ble M.P. at Tiruchchirappalli railway station through video conferencing, flagged off Chennai Central – Shalimar Suvidha AC express train at Chennai Central through video conferencing and commenced the sale of personalised take away bedrolls at Chennai Central & Thiruvananthapuram Central through video conferencing.

Thiru Vashishta Johri, General Manager, Southern Railway welcomed the gathering.Head of Departments of Southern Railway, senior officials and other invitees, railway staff and others attended the function.

Through Video Conferencing, the foundation stone for new broad gauge rail line between Chinna Salem – Kallakurichi was laid in the august presence of Thiru P. Mohan, Hon’ble Minister for Rural Industries and Labour, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Dr. K. Kamaraj, Hon’ble M.P., Tmt. K. Alaguvelu, Hon’ble M.L.A and Thiru G. Balakrishnan, Municipal Chairman, Kallakurichi.

Through Video Conferencing, the Chennai Central – Shalimar Suvidha AC express train service was flagged off and sale of ‘Personalised take away bedrolls’ at Chennai Central commenced in the august presence of Thiru P. Thangamani, Hon’ble Minister for Industries and Transport, Govt. of Tamil Nadu and Thiru A. Navaneethakrishnan, Hon’ble M.P.

Hon’ble Union Railway Minister, during his address, said that Railways is innovative in providing improved passenger amenities such as paperless ticketing, o­nline complaints redressal forum, etc.He mentioned that Railways is using social media effectively.Railways is earnestly continuing the Swachh Bharat Mission by having ‘Clean Railways – Clean India’ as o­ne of its goals.Even as demands are more and funds are limited, projects are sanctioned based o­n importance.With the limited resources available, funds for railway projects in Tamil Nadu are sanctioned as much as possible.During the current railway budget, Tamil Nadu was sanctioned more amount compared with previous years, the minister added.

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways also announced additional stoppages for trains.Train No.12656 / 12655 Chennai Central – Ahmedabad – Chennai Central Navjeevan express trains have been given an additional stoppage at Sullurupetta.Train No.12712 / 12711 Chennai Central – Vijayawada – Chennai Central Pinakini express trains have been given an additional stoppage at Nayudupetta.

Southern Railway is a passenger-oriented railway and continuously strives to improve its services and efficiency.The zonal railway takes numerous initiatives to provide comfortable train journeys to its passengers, to enhance their safety and security and to improve cleanliness in railway premises and o­nboard trains.The various developmental activities undertaken by the zone have resulted in increased customer satisfaction and comfortable journeys for passengers.The zone is in the forefront not o­nly in providing modern passenger amenities but also in running of special trains and augmentation of trains by extra coaches.

The 3rdbroad gauge railway line between Tambaram – Chengalpattu

Tambaram is a suburb of Chennai metropolitan city.The Grand Southern Trunk Road and the Chennai – Kanniyakumari railway line pass through Tambaram.Situated about 27 km south of Chennai city, Tambaram is home to many educational institutions, industries, offices, commercial establishments, hospitals, etc.The Tambaram Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force is also located here.The MEPZ (Madras Export Processing Zone), housing a number of industries and offices, is established nearby.Fuelled by such factors, Tambaram has developed as an important part of Chennai metropolis.

Chengalpattu is located south of Tambaram.This is the next town o­n GST road and the Chennai – Kanniyakumari rail line after Tambaram.During the past few years, Chengalpattu has developed as a feeder town for Chennai City.Auto majors have built their factories, industrial establishments have come up, IT companies and allied offices have established their presence and residential townships have sprung up in the vicinity.These and other conventional factors such as the presence of many educational institutions and commercial establishments have made Chengalpattu an important satellite town of Chennai City.

The Tambaram – Chengalpattu section experiences heavy flow of commuter traffic.Suburban trains between Chennai Beach – Chengalpattu / Tirumalpur cater to these traffic needs but are inadequate.Constraints in line capacity hinder introduction of additional train services.Long distance express trains are also affected by this inadequacy.

The 3rd broad gauge line between Tambaram – Chengalpattu, the foundation stone for which was laid today, will address these concerns.This line will be laid by converting a metre gauge line between Tambaram – Chengalpattu.This 3rd broad gauge line will enhance line capacity and consequently help in avoiding detention of trains.This gauge conversion will pave the way for introduction of more trains to southern destinations.This will be a particularly noteworthy benefit as there have always been persistent demands from representatives of people, businessmen, professionals and the general public for introduction of more train services.An increase in train services will also delight pilgrims and boost tourism.

Furthermore, this line will also be a forerunner for a dedicated suburban corridor between Chennai Beach – Chengalpattu.This corridor will aid introduction of additional suburban train services between Chennai Beach – Chengalpattu which will be immensely beneficial to the commuters and the travelling public.

Salient features of the project:

District traversed:Kanchipuram

Distance:30 km.

Number of bridges:Major bridges – 3

Minor bridges – 70

Level crossings:13

Road overbridges:5

Road underbridges:2

Number of railway stations:11

Cost of the project:Rs.256 cr.

New broad gauge line between Chinna Salem – Kallakurichi

A new broad gauge railway line, running to a length of 16 km, between Chinna Salem – Kallakurichi in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu has been sanctioned.

Chinna Salem is an existing railway station in Vriddhachalam – Salem branch line.A number of modern rice mills, sago factories, textile mills and sugar mills are situated in and around Chinna Salem which make this town a centre of commercial activities.

Kallakurichi is a nodal point for marketing agricultural produce which are being transported to many parts of the country.Provision of a railway station at Kallakurichi is a long pending demand of the people of this region.

Therefore, provision of a new broad gauge railway line between Chinna Salem – Kallakurichi has been sanctioned.This new rail line will be a boon to the farmers and traders to market and transport their produce.This line will also immensely benefit students and the general public.

Salient features of the project:

District traversed:Villupuram

Length:16.20 km.

Number of bridges:Major bridges – 2

Minor bridges – 22

Level crossings (manned):3

Road overbridges:1

Road underbridges:10

Cost of the project:Rs.116.61 cr.

Escalator at Tiruchchirappalli railway station

An escalator has been provided at Tiruchchirappalli junction railway station under MPLAD scheme by Thiru Tiruchi Siva, Hon’ble member of parliament and was commissioned today.This is the first escalator in Tiruchchirappalli Division.

Lifts and Escalators are sanctioned at various railway stations, in addition to foot over bridges, as an important inter-platform transfer mechanism to facilitate passengers.

At Tiruchchirappalli junction railway station, an escalator has been provided to enable passengers easily reach platform no.2 / 3.This escalator has been provided at a cost of Rs.91 lakhs.Provision of escalator at this railway station will be a boon to passengers, especially senior citizens, as it will provide hassle free movement to platform no.2 / 3.

Suvidha air-conditioned express train between Chennai Central – Shalimar

Chennai, o­ne of the major metropolitan cities of the country, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu.Boasting of a rich historical and cultural heritage, Chennai stands as the gateway of South India.With a host of facilities and infrastructure available, several multinational companies have started their operations in this city.Educational institutions of international standards attract students from all over the world.This city is also renowned for providing quality and affordable health care.Due to such factors, the inflow of people from various sectors is a constant feature throughout the year. Consequently, the number of rail users and their traffic requirements are steadily and continuously increasing.

Shalimar railway station is o­ne of the four rail stations serving Howrah & Kolkata, Sealdah railway station (in Kolkata), Kolkata railway station (in Kolkata) and Howrah railway station (in Howrah) being the other three.This railway station is situated in Shalimar area of Howrah.

In view of the heavy traffic between Chennai and Howrah, many express trains are operated.Besides, special trains are also operated during festive occasions and holidays.Nevertheless, the constant increase in passenger traffic has necessitated the introduction of an additional train service.

Hence, to cater to the growing segment of inter-city travelers, Suvidha air-conditioned express train between Chennai Central – Shalimar was introduced today.

‘Personalised take away bedrolls’

Initially the supply would be at Chennai Central railway station and Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station.

Salient features of e-bedrolls:

Bedrolls are disposable.Hence, passengers can take them home after journey.
Type 1 – Bedroll kit packed in a non-woven fabric bag consisting of two cotton bedsheets and o­ne pillow at a cost of Rs.140.

Type 2 – Blanket kit packed in a non-woven bag consisting of o­ne blanket at a cost of Rs.110.

Cost is inclusive of all taxes and uniform across stations over Indian Railways.


Any passenger having a valid confirmed ticket for travel from Chennai Central railway station or Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station can book the bedroll kit – either type 1 or type 2 or both together.
Booking available at www.irctctourism.com under the tab Bedrolls.

Bedrolls can also be purchased across the designated counter at the stations by paying cash.

Website asks for PNR number, validates the same and shows information o­n availability, cost etc.

Passenger can book the required bedroll kits and pay through credit / debit / pre-charged cards.

Booking will be confirmed at the website and also through e-mail and SMS.

Bank charges for the transaction to be borne by the customer.

Bedrolls service available between 06.00 hrs. to 22.00 hrs.

In case of trains running late and reaching the designated station between 22.00 hrs. to 06.00 hrs., bedrolls will not be delivered and treated as non-delivery by IRCTC.

In case of non-delivery by IRCTC, 100% charges for the service would be refunded to the pasenger’s account. (Refund will not include bank charges for booking transaction).

Advance reservation period – from 60 days before day of travel to up to five hours before scheduled departure of train.

A toll free number – 1323 – will give information about the kits, cost and availability.

Cancellation / Amendment:

Cancellation / Amendment of orders through www.irctctourism.com with the registered ID.
Refund amount will be credited to the card account through which the original booking was made.

Cancellation / amendment before five hours of scheduled departure will incur cancellation charge of 20%.

Cancellation / Amendment within five hours of scheduled departure – no refund.


Passengers not permitted to resell the bedrolls after use.
Queries and feedback – 1323 toll free (information); 011-2334 5300 (round the clock) and ebedroll@irctc.com

At the end of the function, Thiru P.K. Mishra, Chief Administrative Officer, Construction, Egmore delivered the vote of thanks.


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