Rameswaram : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday flagged off a weekly train linking the pilgrimage centres of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and Rameswaram, saying both are linked to Lord Rama.

The Rameswaram–Faizabad–Rameswaram via Ayodhya weekly express is equipped with bio-toilets, Modi said, adding, this will boost the Centre’s cleanliness campaign.

The train will be known as the “Shraddha Sethu Express”, he said flagging it off through videoconferencing at a function in Mandapam, about 15 km from Rameswaram.

“Rameswaram is connected with Lord Rama. And I am happy that a train connecting that to Rama’s birth place of Ayodhya in the name of Shraddha Sethu has been dedicated to the public,” the Prime Minister said.

Earlier in the day, Modi inaugurated a memorial dedicated to former president A P J Abdul Kalam at Peikarumbu on his second death anniversary. He opened the memorial built in the hometown of the former president.

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