PM Flags Off South India’s First Vande Bharat Express Between Mysuru And Chennai

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By: Anand Singh
Updated: 11 November, 2022 12:57 pm IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off South India’s first Vande Bharat Express connecting Chennai and Mysuru at the Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) Railway Station in Bengaluru.

This is the fifth Vande Bharat Express train in the country.

“It will enhance connectivity between the industrial hub of Chennai and the Tech and Startup hub of Bengaluru and the famous tourist city of Mysore,” the PMO said.

The Prime Minister also flagged off the Bharat Gaurav Kashi Yatra train from Bengaluru KSR Railway Station.

The Prime Minister is on a two day visit to four southern states — Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana — to take part in diverse programmes aimed at strengthening India’s growth trajectory.

According to the PMO, Karnataka is the first state to take up this train under the Bharat Gaurav scheme in which the Government of Karnataka and Ministry of Railways are working together to send pilgrims from Karnataka to Kashi.

“The pilgrims will be provided comfortable stay and guidance for visiting Kashi, Ayodhya and Prayagraj,” the PMO said.

During the inaugural run, the KSR Bengaluru – MGR Chennai Central Vande Bharat will leave KSR Bengaluru at 10:25 a.m. and reach MGR Chennai Central at 5:20 p.m. on the same day.

Enroute the inaugural special, there will be stoppages at Bengaluru Cantonment, Baiyyappanahalli, Krishnarajapuram, Whitefield, Devangonthi, Malur, Tyakal, Bangarapet, Varadapur, Bisanattam, Kuppam, Mulanur, Somanayakkanpatti, Jolarpettai Jn., Kettandapatti, Vaniyambadi, Vinnamangalam, Ambur, Pachchakuppam, Melpatti, Valathoor, Gudiyattam, Kavanur, Latteri, Katpadi Jn., Sevur, Tiruvalam, Mukundarayapuram, Walajah Road, Thalangai, Sholinghur, Chitteri, Arakkonam Jn., Tiruvalangadu, Kadambattur, Tiruvallur, Avadi, Villivakkam, Perambur and Basin Bridge Jn. stations.

The Inaugural Special train will have a total 16 coaches.

This world class train is completely indigenously built and offers excellent passenger comfort with a host of modern facilities.

Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan yatra will leave KSR station at 10:33 a.m. and will arrive at Varanasi at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The train will run via Birur, Davangere, SSS Hubballi, Pune, Miraj route.

This train is operated by Muzrai Department of Karnataka, under Bharat Gaurav Train policy of Ministry of Railways.

In the return direction Banaras–KSR Bengaluru Bharat Gaurav Darshan yatra train will depart from Banaras at 5:30 a.m. on November 15 and arrive in Bengaluru at 6:40 p.m. on November 18. This train will also have tourist halts at Ayodhya and Prayagraj.

This train will have a total of 14 coaches.

It will fulfil the dream of numerous travellers intending to undertake Kashi Yatra.

Govt of Karnataka has subsidised the fare by Rs 5,000.

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