Four new trains launched from B'luru

Four new trains launched from B'luru

Four new trains launched from B'luru

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday flagged off trains to Patna, Tatanagar and Kamakhya and a premium train to Katra to enable people visit the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi.

 The premium train to Katra was announced in 2014-15 budget by the then Railway minister  D V Sadananda Gowda. The train will cover 3,241km in 56 hours thus making it one of the longest trips in the country. 

Train number 22679/22680 to Katra will run every Saturdays from February 7. It will leave Yeshwantpur at 11.30 am. Bengaluru-Patna train (22353/22354) will depart from Cantonment station every Sundays at 3:30 pm, while the Bengaluru-Kamakhya Express (22503/22504) will start from Cantonment every Fridays at 10:15 am. The Bengaluru-Tatanagar train 18111/18112 will depart from Yeshwantpur every Sundays at 10 am. 

 For the first time in the history of Railways, the minister flagged off  four trains through a remote from Bangalore City Railway Station. The feat was accomplished with the state-of-the-art communication technology called TPaaS facilitated by RailTel. The event was beamed live to Tatanagar, Patna and Kamakhya station.

TPaaS stands for TelePresence As A Service, which comprises is a very high-end and real life size video conference arrangement that can be projected on high definition screens.

Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda, Member of Parliament P C Mohan, City In charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy, State Tourism Minister R V Deshpande, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao and others were present on the occasion.