The electrification work in the Katpadi-Villupuram rail section will be over by January 2014, said Rakesh Misra, General Manager, Southern Railway.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday after inspecting the Tiruvannamalai railway station, Mr. Misra said electrification was a major work being executed in the section.

“Once the work is over, increasing the number of trains passing through this section will be considered. Basically, the number of goods trains will be increased. For, this is a convenient line for north-south connection,” he said.

The General Manager said the Tiruvannamalai station was maintained well. The health unit and the staff quarters were also in good shape. Mr. Misra announced a reward of Rs.5,000 for the station. On operating new trains, the GM said these things were decided by the Centre. To a question by journalists on the demand for a halt for Howrah Express at the station, he said it would be decided by the Railway Ministry and ratified by Parliament.

The former Minister, K. Pichandi handed over a memorandum consisting several demands, including introducing more trains in the section, to Mr. Misra.

Manjula Rangarajan, Divisional Railway Manager, was present.