After a gap of almost a half year, train services from Chennai to Kerala and Karnataka are set to continue on Sunday.
With the railway board supporting the request, Southern Railway is presenting three daily reserved special trains to Thiruvananthapuram, Mangaluru and Mysuru from Chennai.
The lady run of special trains on the Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram route will begin on September 27 and on the Chennai-Mangaluru route on September 28. The date of resumption for trains to Mysuru will be told later, said Southern Railway in an announcement.
The MGR Chennai Central–Thiruvananthapuram reserved extraordinary train will leave Chennai at 7.45 pm and reach Thiruvananthapuram Central at 11.45 am next day. Correspondingly, on the return journey, the train will begin at Thiruvananthapuram Central at 3 pm and arrive at Chennai at 7.40 am the next day.
The MGR Chennai Central–Mangaluru special train will leave Chennai at 8.10 pm and reach Mangaluru at 12.10 pm the next day. On the return venture, the train will begin Mangaluru at 1.30 pm and arrive at Chennai at 5.35 am on the next day.
The move is required to give tremendous relief to rail travelers as Chennai–Thiruvananthapuram is one of the most patronised routes of Southern Railway.
As the state government relaxed the lockdown standards, 13 sets of extraordinary trains were worked from September 7 within the state. The railways is yet to take any decision on continuing suburban and unreserved traveler trains.
“Like other reserved specials, only confirmed ticket holders will be allowed to travel in the trains. Passengers should reach stations 90 minutes before departure of the trains,” added a statement from the railways.
The reservation for special trains will be opened shortly.