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Coimbatore-Bengaluru Uday Express flagged off

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

of State for Railways today said the performance of Southern Railway is commendable even as Indian Railways is acting as the engine of growth for the economy.

Speaking after flagging off double decker train between and Bengaluru, he said gauge conversion and doubling of tracks in the southern region had been showing results.

The congratulated Southern Railway for surpassing the target with regard to fitting bio-toilets in coaches in 2017-18 and said 65 per cent of coaches have the facility.

All the 6,269 coaches in the Southern Railway would be provided with such toilets by December 2018.

"I firmly believe that Indian Railways is the engine of growth for economy of the nation and also the infrastructure," Gohain said.

Gohain said will be a boon for those who travel frequently between and

The reduced will also be a major draw for business class travellers between and Bengaluru, he added.

Responding to an appeal by two AIADMK MPs-P Nagarajan and AK Selvaraj to modernise platforms at Veerapandi and Pudupalayam stations, the assured that work would be taken up.

The MPs offered to pay Rs 15 lakh from the MPs' local area development fund.

The minister also promised to develop North station to handle more number of trains and asked Southern Railway to do a follow-up of the projects.

On the demand for a train from to Madurai, Gohain said there were proposals to introduce mainline electrical multiple units (MEMUs) from to Coimbatore and a new day train to

Speaking on the occasion, of state Pon Radhakrishnan said the had spent more on infrastructure and Railways in the last four years than what the UPA dispensation had during 2009-2014.

The UDAY (Utkrisht Double Decker Air-Conditioned Yatri) Express, announced in the Railway budget in 2016, is equipped with a host of new features such as infotainment system, with wi-fi, GPS-based passenger information system, vending machines and an exclusive dining area for passengers.

Another feature is all the coaches would be manned by women travelling ticket examiners.

The train (No.22666) will leave Coimbatore at 5.45 a.m and reach at p.m. In the return direction, it will depart from at 2.15 p.m to reach Coimbatore at 9 p.m.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 17:00 IST