Residents of Tambaram are elated as a stoppage has been provided at Tambaram for the new semi-high-speed Vande Bharat train to be operated between Chennai and Tirunelveli.
The train which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 September will stop at 15.13 on its way from Chennai Egmore and at 13.13 while returning from Tirunelveli. This schedule will be followed everyday, except Tuesdays.
Dayanand Krishnan, a resident of Chitlapakkam said,”Tambaram 3rd Terminal itself is having a high annual Footfall of around 7.5 crores and after Tejas Express stoppage now Vande Bharat Stoppage makes it serve the purpose of Chennai 3rd Terminal. We also request the DRM Chennai to consider the Tambaram Stoppage Timing of Vande Bharat to be atleast 5 minutes from existing 2minutes, similar to Tiruchirapalli and Madurai as it will hugely benefit lot of Senior Citizens to board the train with luggage at ease and not have to rush while boarding/Deboarding the train.”
In future we hope all the New South bound trains will start from Tambaram 3rd Terminal and Terminal will be put to its fullest utilisation, he added.
The eight rake car will have stoppages at Virudhunagar, Madurai, Dindigul, Trichy, Villupuram and Tambaram.
The Vande Bharat train between Chennai-Tirunelveli will reduce the travel time from 11-12 hours to 8 hours.
Following its inauguration, the Tirunelveli-Chennai Vande Bharat Express is expected to depart at 6 am daily and arrive in Chennai around 1:50 PM. The return journey from Chennai will commence at 2:50 PM except on Tuesdays. The train will travel at an average speed of 83.30 km/h and make stops at Virudhunagar, Madurai, Dindigul, and Tiruchi.
The fare for traveling from Chennai to Tirunelveli by Vande Bharat train in AC seater coach is Rs.1,620. Executive chair car fare is Rs 3,025.