New trains to run between these states for Pongal, Christmas and New Year

To cater to the passenger rush ahead of the year-end festivities, the South Western Railway (SWR) on Friday rolled out special IRCTC trains connecting multiple cities in South India.

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The decision was taken keeping in mind the spike in rail travel ahead of Pongal, Christmas and New Year. The Festival Special trains will link various destinations in Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu.

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In the initial phase, three trains will ply both ways on Mysuru-Kochuveli, Mysuru-MGR Chennai Central, and Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Nilayam (Puttaparthi) – MGR Chennai Central routes.

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The train linking Kochuveli (Thiruvananthapuram) and Mysuru will continue plying on the up-line till December 31st. As per the SWR schedule, Train 06316 departs daily from Kochuveli at 4.45 pm and arrives in Mysuru at 11.20 am the day after. On the return line, the train leaves Mysuru at 12.50 pm and arrives in Kochuveli at 9.20 am the next day. On the return route, the train will ply till January 1, 2021.

Train no. 06021 MGR Chennai Central – Mysuru Festival Special Express departs daily from MGR Chennai Central at 9.15 pm and arrives in Mysuru at 6.40 am. This train has begun operations from 15th December and will remain in service till 31st December. On the return route, train no. 06022 will roll out from Mysuru at 9 pm and reach MGR Chennai Central at 6.40 am the day after.

The train between Chennai and Puttaparthi is scheduled to ply every week on both directions on Fridays and Saturdays. Train no. 06073 will depart from MGR Chennai Central at 11.30 pm every Friday and reach Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Nilayam at 8.55 am the next day. On the return route, Train 06074 will start from Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Nilayam at 6.25 pm every Saturday and reach MGR Chennai Central at 5.05 am the day after.

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