Tiruchi Railway Division has taken up capacity augmentation works at Tiruchi Railway Junction. Various development works, including broad gauge track laying, provision of signal and telecommunications, overhead electric traction, and electrical work, all worth Rs.15 crore, are progressing at a fast pace.

Tiruchi is one of the major railway stations in the Southern Railway and handles 120 express and passenger trains, and passenger traffic of about 50,000 people a day. After the completion of ongoing doubling work of Villupuram–Vriddhachalam–Tiruchi (chord line) –Dindigul and Tiruchi-Thanjavur sections, the number of trains is expected to increase manifold.

One of the major works taken up at the junction is the connectivity work of platform 6 and 7. This work began on December 4 and is targeted to be completed within a week. These platforms are built with a capacity to hold 24-coach trains. Both the platforms are provided with washable concrete aprons for easy and quick cleaning of the track surface. Platform 6 is provided with the coach watering facility too, according to a release from Manjula Rangarajan, Divisional Railway Manager.

One goods line with a capacity to hold 58 wagons is being laid. Three stabling lines with a capacity to hold 24 coaches and one VIP siding with two-coach capacity are also getting ready. The dedicated goods line will ease the goods movement through the junction which otherwise have to pass through the passenger platforms.

The stabling lines provided at the southern side of the platform will reduce the cris-cross shunting movements in the Tiruchi yard and will increase the stabling capacity of the yard. All these facilities will help the speedy reception and dispatch of trains at junction which will improve the punctuality and benefit passengers immensely, Ms. Manjula Rangarajan said.

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