Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off a train for pilgrims connection Rameswaram and Ayodhya temples named Rameswaram-Faizabad weekly express today as he is in Rameshwaram to inaugurate the memorial of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on his second death anniversary. PM Modi flagged off Rameswaram-Faizabad Express via video conference. The train will connect Rameshwaram and Ayodhya, the two pilgrimage centers of India to each other.
The train was proposed in the Railway Budget 2014 and will help to connect pilgrims with Haridwar, Varanasi, Ayodhya, Chennai, and Bengaluru. The train will depart from Rameshwaram at 12:30 pm on its maiden journey and it will reach its destination Faizabad on Saturday at 11 PM by connecting six-states – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
The train will have eight sleeper class, four general second class, two 3-tier AC, one 2-tier, two luggage-cum-brake van coaches, one pantry car and with accommodation for differently abled. It will connect a bivouac of stations such as Ayodhya, Jaunpur, Allahabad, Satna, Jabalpur, Itarsi, Nagpur, Balarshah, Warangal, Vijayawada, Guntur, Egmore, Chennai, Villupuram, Thanjavur, Trichy, and Manamadurai.
The regular service of Train No. 16793/16794 Rameswaram-Faizabad-Rameswaram will start on August 2 (Wednesday) from Faizabad and on August 8 (Sunday) from Rameswaram. And Between Rameshwar and Chennai, this train will run on the diesel locomotive while from Chennai it will start to run on electric traction to the end of its journey Faizabad.
PM Modi on the second death anniversary of former president APJ Abdul Kalam said that Rameshwar has a vital place in the history of India and it is also known as a place so closely associated with Dr Kalam. “This land gave India one of its most famous sons Dr APJ Abdul Kalam,” he said.