Transport in Tiruchirappalli

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Tiruchirapalli Airport

Tiruchirappalli has a well-developed transport infrastructure. Being located almost at the geographic centre of the state Tamil Nadu India, Trichy is well connected by Road, Rail and Air with most cities.

Roads

Toll Gate in Trichy on NH 67
Teeming Chatram BS

The national highways NH 45, NH 45B, NH 67, NH 210 and NH 227 pass through the city. Tiruchirappalli forms a part of the Division which is headquartered at Kumbakonam.[1] There are regular buses to Vellore, Karaikudi, Thanjavur, Kanniyakumari, Chennai, Madurai, Salem, Palani, Puducherry, Coimbatore, Kodaikanal[2] and Tirupathi. [2] Buses are also available to destinations in Karnataka and Kerala. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates bus services between Bengaluru and Tiruchirapalli on daily basis. There are two major bus terminus: the Chatram Bus Stand and the Central Bus Station,[2] both situated close to each other. The Central Bus Station is situated at a distance of 1 kilometre from the Tiruchchirappalli railway junction.[2] The city also has an efficient local bus transportation system - both government-operated as well as private.[3]

Rail

Trichy is one of the divisions in Southern Railway. Trichy Railway Junction has five branches which connects to Kaniyakumari, Erode, Rameshwaram, Karaikal and Chennai. Trichy is one of the busiest Railway Junction in Tamil Nadu. Tiruchirappalli is an important railway junction in central Tamil Nadu and constitutes a separate division of the Southern Railway.[4] There are frequent trains to Chennai, Coimbatore, Thanjavur, Karaikudi Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Karaikal, Chidambaram, Madurai, Vellore Cantonment, Katpadi Junction, Tirupathi, Tuticorin, Tenkasi, Kollam, Rameswaram, Bengaluru, Mysuru, Kochi, Kanyakumari, Mangaluru, Kolkata.[5] About nine express trains operate daily on the Chord line, important among are Pallavan Express and the Rockfort Express.[6] The Mysuru Express plies between Tiruchirappalli and Mysuru on a daily basis, stopping at Salem and Bengaluru on the way.[6] Tiruchirappalli has rail connectivity with most important cities and towns in India.[7]

Air

Air India Express aircraft at Tiruchirapalli Airport
Waiting hall at trichy airport
Check-In Counters in New Integrated Terminal at Trichy Airport

Tiruchirapalli International Airport or Trichy International Airport (IATA: TRZ, ICAO: VOTR) is a major airport mostly serving Tiruchirapalli and adjacent districts in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The airport, located on the NH 210 Tiruchirapalli - Rameswaram highway, is 5 km (3.1 mi)[8] south of the city centre.

The Tiruchirapalli International Airport is the second biggest airport in Tamil Nadu after Chennai International Airport. It was first used to handle air traffic in 1938 when Tata Airlines commercial flights stopped at Tiruchirappalli on the Karachi-Colombo route.[9] In 1948, Air Ceylon commenced daily passenger flights between Tiruchirappalli and Colombo via Jaffna.[10][11] There are regular flights to Chennai,[6] Sri Lanka,[12] and Dubai.[13] Air India Express has an engineering stores complex at Tiruchirapalli International Airport for repairing aircraft.[14]

The Trichy Airport is scheduled for expansion soon as the local government has bought land in and around the existing airport. This expansion is expected to accommodate larger flights and also expand the International operations to more countries given Trichy is an integral industrial hub in Tamil Nadu. Trichy International Airport caters the need of 12 districts in Tamil Nadu state like Trichy, Thanjavur, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Dindigul, Karur, Karaikal(UT), Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Namakkal, Pudukottai, Sivagangai. In Nov 2011, The Trichy Airport opened up the International air cargo, which was built at the cost of Rs. 1 crore.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://citypatriots.com/asia/india/tamil-nadu/trichy
  2. ^ a b c d Footprint South India, Pg 128
  3. ^ Abram, Pg 491
  4. ^ "Southern Railway Home page". Southern Railway. Archived from the original on 2010-11-13.
  5. ^ Ambujam Anantharaman (2006). Temples of South India. East West Books (Madras). p. 144. ISBN 978-81-88661-42-8.
  6. ^ a b c Lonely Planet, Pg 415
  7. ^ Laveesh Bhandari (2009). Indian states at a glance, 2008-09: Tamil Nadu : performance, facts and figures. Pearson Education. p. 19. ISBN 978-81-317-2347-0.
  8. ^ Tiruchirapalli Airport at the Airports Authority of India Archived 2011-05-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "History 1932-1940". Air India. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  10. ^ Far Eastern economic review, Volumes 71-72. Review Pub. Co. Ltd. 1971. p. 48.
  11. ^ Commonwealth survey, Volumes 1-2. Central Office of Information by Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1948. p. 24.
  12. ^ Sura Guide, Pg 78
  13. ^ "Air India Express to begin Dubai-Trichy service". March 26, 2007.
  14. ^ "Air India Express opens Engineering stores complex at the Tiruchi Airport". Education News Hyderabad. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Trichy's int'l air cargo terminal opens at Trichy airport". The Times Of India. November 22, 2011.

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