Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged through video-conference the superfast Madurai-Chennai Tejas Express, the second in the country, during a visit to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu.
Modi laid the foundations stone for the restoration of rail connectivity between Rameswaram island and Dhanushkodi . The railway station in Dhanushkodi at land’s end was washed away by the 1964 cyclone which overturned a boat mail, killing nearly 300 passenger.
He also laid foundation for a new road bridge at Pamban viaduct (2.05 Km) being built at a cost of Rs 250 crore to link Rameswaram island with the mainland Pamban.
The Tejas Express will be the fast train between Chennai Madurai, covering the 496 km in six and half hours. The function was attended by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.