General Manager accepted petitions from public
Southern Railway General Manager Deepak Krishan inspected the metre gauge section from Karaikudi to Tiruvarur which is to be converted into broad gauge in the near future.
Accompanied by Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchi, P.V. Vaidialingam, Additional Divisional Railway Manager M. Selvaraj and officers of various branches, Mr. Krishan travelled in a special train from Karaikudi carrying out a “rear window” inspection of the 149-km section.
The special train stopped at Peravurani railway station where the General Manager accepted petitions from representatives of political parties and general public appealing to the railways to take up broad gauge conversion work between Karaikudi and Tiruvarur at the earliest.
Southern Railway has taken up gauge conversion work in the 38-kilometre stretch from Mayiladuthurai to Tiruvarur in the first phase on the Mayiladuthurai–Tiruvarur–Karaikudi section.
The gauge conversion work from Tiruvarur to Karaikudi will be taken up in the second phase.
The Mayiladuthurai–Tiruvarur–Karaikudi (187 km) gauge conversion project was included in the Railway Budget 2007-08 for implementation of the project in phases.
The project would be executed at a cost exceeding Rs. 700 crore. This is the last major metre gauge section in the Tiruchi Railway Division to be converted into broad gauge. Officials said Mr. Krishan inspected the station building at Tiruthuraipoondi as part of his inspection before winding up at Tiruvarur. The General Manager inspected the spruced up Tiruvarur railway station. He later returned to Karaikudi by road from Tiruvarur.