Cross-border trains to Tamil Nadu likely to chug off from May

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SHAM MOHAMMED
Published Jan 31, 2017, 1:01 am IST
Updated Jan 31, 2017, 7:01 am IST
The work along Edamon – Thenmala and Thenmala – New Aryankavu is pending.
  The railways have completed the work  in three out of five reaches along the route.
  The railways have completed the work in three out of five reaches along the route.

Kollam: The cross-border trains to Tamil Nadu are likely to chug off from May with the Punalur –Shenkotta railway gauge broadening work nearing completion. The railways have completed the work  in three out of five reaches along the route.  However, the delays in  eviction, quarrying  and administrative  sanction for    various operations still hinder the work. Mr N.K. Premachandran MP said, “the Punalur –Edamon, Shenkotta – Bhagavathipuram  and Bhagavathipuram – New Aryankavu reaches are ready for operations.  The railway chief safety commissioner will inspect these reaches by the second week of February and commission them  by March.”

The work  along Edamon – Thenmala and Thenmala – New Aryankavu  is pending. Of a total distance of 20 km, track installation has  been completed in  half the distance. The work was  also slowed down owing to protests in acquiring land for the approach road to Aryankavu railway station. The metre-gauge rail service along the Punalur - Shenkotta stretch was stopped  in September 2010. The railways carried out gauge conversion as part of the  325-km Kollam- Shenkotta -Tenkasi- Tirunelveli- Thiruchendur project.  The Shenkotta-Thiruchendur and Kollam-Punalur route  has  been opened for rail traffic.

 

Road traffic may be affected

Considering the heavy traffic in Punalur town,  the railways have  constructed a subway. However, it remains useless to the public due to the lack of coordination by the public works and revenue departments in acquiring land for the approach road.  The railways have also  constructed a gate which will intensify the traffic congestion once trains are operated along the new track.

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Location: India, Kerala




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