Indian Railways authorities revoked the cancellation of the Tejas Express train service between Chennai and Madurai, ahead of the Pongal festival. According to the Southern Railway zone, fully reserved Tejas Express Superfast special train services have been reintroduced on the network. The details of the Tejas Express Superfast train services which will operate between Chennai-Madurai are as follows:
- Train number 02613 Chennai Egmore – Madurai Tejas Special train will run six days a week (except Thursday) leaving Chennai Egmore at 06.00 AM from January 10, 2021, onwards and will reach Madurai at 12.15 PM, the same day. It will halt at the Kodaikanal Road station.
- In the return journey train number 02614 Madurai – Chennai Egmore Tejas Special train will run six days in a week (except Thursday) leaving Madurai at 3:00 PM from January 10, 2021 onwards and will reach Chennai Egmore at 9:15 PM, the same day. It will halt at Kodaikanal Road railway station
Earlier train number 02613/02614 Chennai Egmore – Madurai – Chennai Egmore Tejas Special was cancelled from January 4, 2021. Now the services have resumed and passengers holding either online/PRS counter tickets for journeys commencing on or after January 10, 2021, booked prior to cancellation and who still have not cancelled their tickets, can travel using the same tickets by Tejas Express.
In 2020, the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation had suspended the Lucknow-New Delhi and the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central Tejas Express services, following poor occupancy and an increase in COVID-19 cases.