Track doubling between Kozhikode and West Hill stations complete

The Palakkad Division of the Southern Railway has proposed reduction in the running time of 12 Express and Mail trains operating in the sector following the completion of the track-doubling work between Kozhikode and West Hill railway stations.

The proposal is to reduce the running time of the Yeswantpur-Kannur Express by 50 minutes and Kannur-Yeswatpur Express, 35 minutes. Thus, the train can arrive at 8.30 a.m. at Kannur instead of the current timing of 9.20 a.m. Similarly, the departure of the train could be at 6.20 p.m. instead of the current schedule at 5.45 p.m.

Railway sources said proposal for reduction in train timings had been made for Chennai-Mangalore Superfast by 40 minutes; Mangalore-Chennai Superfast, 40 minutes; Mangalore-Jammu Tawi Navyug Express, 45 minutes; Jammu Tawi-Mangalore Navyug Express, 30 minutes; Mangalore-Thiruvananthapuram Express, 10 minutes; Mangalore-Chennai West Coast Express, 25 minutes; and Mangalore-Thiruvananthapuram Parasuram Express, 15 minutes.

The other trains are Mangalore-Chennai Egmore Express, 10 minutes; Mangalore-Nagercoil Ernad Express, 10 minutes; and Thiruvananthapuram-Lokmanyatilak Netravathi Express, 60 minutes.

Sources said the tracks had been strengthened, making it possible for trains to run at higher speeds, apart from the direct reception of trains on the two railway lines. The Kozhikode-West Hill doubling work was completed on March 23.

Passenger trains

Proposals have also been made for changing the timings of the Kannur-Kozhikode and the Kozhikode-Kannur Passenger trains.

As many as seven new trains that had been announced in the Railway Budget-2011 would be started soon, said S.K. Raina, Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad Division.

These trains are Mangalore Central-Palakkad Intercity Express (Daily); Ernakulam-Bangalore Express (Weekly); Bhavnagar-Kochuveli Express (Weekly) via Panvel and Madgaon; Porbander- Kochuveli Express (Weekly) via Panvel and Madgaon; Vasco-Velankanni Express (Weekly); Bilaspur-Ernakulam Superfast (Weekly); and Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram A/C Duronto (Bi-weekly).

He said the gauge conversion work of Palakkad-Pollachi and Pollachi-Podanur lines were making good progress and would to be completed in 2012.

He added that a three-km Netravathi-Mangalore bridge work was in final stages of completion. The electrification work on Shoranur- Mangalore section that cost Rs.400 crore had shown considerable progress. Tenders had been finalised and the work would start shortly.

The upgrading of the Shoranur-Nilambur signal work was in final stages. The entire section with modern signalling system would be in place within six months. This would reduce the running time by 20 minutes in the section, he said.

He said passenger amenity work at the division at a cost of Rs.50.21 crore had been completed. Work to the tune of Rs.21.42 crore was also progressing. A total of Rs.75 crore for amenity work had been sanctioned.

Regarding the expansion of facilities at the Kozhikode railway station, Mr. Raina said most of the work had been completed with the finishing of the line-doubling between Kozhikode and West Hill railway stations. A sum of Rs.4 crore had been already spent on passenger amenity work and projects worth Rs.7.36 crore were in progress.

Mr. Raina said projects worth Rs.9.79 crore would be taken up soon at the Kozhikode station.

These included an additional foot over-bridge with ramp facility connecting all platforms, provision of lift and escalators, and a multi-functional complex.

  • Rs.50.21 crore for passenger amenity work

  • Seven new trains to start services soon