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More trains for Tirupati

Staff Reporter

3 trains from Secunderabad, Yeshwantpur and Coimbatore

TIRUPATI: Keeping its promise made in the last Budget, the Centre has sanctioned three trains from Tirupati to Secunderabad, Yeshwantpur (Bangalore) and Coimbatore, making travel easier and comfortable to the pilgrims pouring in from these cities.

Schedule

While Coimbatore-Tirupati-Yeshwantpur Inter-City Express made its first trip on Tuesday, with formal inauguration at Coimbatore and Yeshwantpur, the Secunderabad-Tirupati Secunderabad Express was formally flagged off by the Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa and the Chief Minister N.Kirankumar Reddy on Wednesday, which incidentally is the first train to link Mr. Reddy's constituents directly to the State capital.

The tri-weekly 12758 Inter-City Express starts at Coimbatore by 0600 hrs to reach Tirupati by 1330 hrs on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The 2544 Tirupati-Yeshwantpur Inter-City Express, starts at 1450 hrs to reach the destination by 2055 hrs on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays.

In the return journey, 12543 Inter-City Express starts at Yeshwantpur by 0700 hrs to reach Tirupati by 1330 hrs on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays, from where it becomes Train No. 12757 and starts at 1450 hrs to reach Coimbatore by 2240 hrs.

Similarly, the 12732 Secunderabad-Tirupati Express starts 1750 hrs to reach Tirupati by 0930hrs on Mondays and Wednesdays. As Padmavathi Express runs only for five days a week, the Railways have introduced this train on the other two days i.e., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This however runs via Pakala, Piler, Kalikiri, Madanapalle, Dharmavaram, Anantapur, Guntakal, Wadi and Vikarabad to reach Secunderabad, bringing into use the recently gauge-converted Pakala-Dharmavaram section. This much-awaited train now brings the upland areas of Chittoor and Anantapur districts of the backward Rayalaseema region into the nation's broad gauge network.

More trains for Tirupati are in the pipeline going by the budget announcement. The Chennai-Tirupati-Nellore-Chennai circular MEMU train, which will be a boon to frequent travellers and season-ticket holders, the Bhopal-Tirupati-Kanchipuram Express and the Tirupati-Madurai Express are expected to see light by the end of this financial year.

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