CHENNAI: Fourteen new trains, including a Duronto service between Chennai and Coimbatore, have been proposed for Tamil Nadu in the budget submitted by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in Parliament on Wednesday. However, no new lines, gauge conversion or doubling projects have been included.
The Chennai � Coimbatore Duronto Express will be a day time point-to-point service. It will be cheaper and faster compared to Rajdhani Express, according to the Minister. Other new trains proposed are: Nagercoil � Bangalore Express via Madurai and Hosur; Tiruchirapalli � Mangalore (weekly) Express; Coimbatore � Tirupati Intercity (tri-weekly) Express via Salem; Madurai � Tirupati (bi-weekly) Express; Howrah � Katpadi (Vellore) � Puducherry (weekly) Express; Haldia � Chennai (weekly) Express; Chennai � New Jalpaiguri (weekly) Express; Tiruchendur � Tirunelveli Passenger; Mayiladuthurai � Thanjavur Passenger; Coimbatore � Pollachi Passenger (after gauge conversion); and main line EMU services between Coimbatore and Erode; Tirupati and Chennai via Nellore; and between Salem and Katpadi.