Chennai-Madurai trains to get faster with lane doubling
chennai: Passengers travelling between Chennai and Madurai will probably have a shorter train journey from April 2017. Southern Railway will complete the doubling on the route by the end of the 2016-17 financial year, senior officials said on Friday.
At present, 110km on the route has a single line. Work on Tamaraipadi-Manaparai (48km), Trichy-Valadi (20km), Vriddhachalam-Mathur (26km) and VillupuramTiruvanainallur (16km) stretches is on.This means at times a train has to pull over at a station to let another pass.
There will be at least 25% decrease in journey time of trains between Chennai and Madurai, if the route is doubled. Southern Railway has completed electrification of the Chennai-Kanyakumari route. However, it is unable to decrease the journey time due to operational problems, as many stretches have only a single line, officials said.
Southern Railway will complete 240km of line doubling and gauge conversion by next month, general manager Vashishta Johri said at a press conference here on Friday. He also announced that the zone would complete 150% additional doubling and gauge conversion in the next financial year (375km).
The zone has been given ` `1,126 crore for doubling, ` `332 crore for gauge conversion and ` `50.38 crore for new lines in the FY17 railway budget.
This is an increase of more than 50% compared to the previous year.
Southern Railway has been allocated “202 crore for 73 subways, ` `550 crore for 22 road over-bridges (ROBs) and ` `21.9 crore for 100 level crossings, Johri stated. This outlay includes money for some projects in Kerala as well. Railways has alloted ` `63 crore for improvement of passeng er amenities across the zone.
Johri announced on Friday that Tambaram would be commissioned as Chennai’s third terminal in June. Work would speed up as ` `10.7 crore has been given. The proposal to develop Royapuram as the third terminal is being studied by Railway consultancy arm RITES.
Tamil Nadu’s request to modify the terms for the special purpose vehicle (SPV) to finance railway projects in the state had been sent to the Railway Board which is examining the issue, Johri said.
The state government sent a letter to the railway minister demanding inclusion of land cost as equity and greater participation in decision making in SPV.
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