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Plea to expedite pit line extension work

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It will take two or three months to complete it: A. K. Goel, DRM, Madurai

Underway:The pit line work in progress at Tuticorin railway station on Friday.— Photo: N. Rajesh
Underway:The pit line work in progress at Tuticorin railway station on Friday.— Photo: N. Rajesh

Tuticorin District Passengers' Welfare Association has sought the intervention of railway authorities to expedite the work on extension of pit lines, which are underway at Tuticorin railway station. The full fledged pit line is primarily required to undertake maintenance of bogies.

M. Piramanayagam, Secretary of the association, said here on Friday that completion of the ongoing pit line works would serve an opportunity to introduce additional trains from Tuticorin.

The construction works were taken up in April 2011 but its progress is getting delayed. It was estimated to be executes at a cost of Rs. 6 crore.

Since the works were on at a slow pace, even Vivek express train, which was announced during the previous Railway budget, could not make its way from Tuticorin. The weekly express train was scheduled to leave for Dwaraka in Gujarat from Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu on every Sunday. About seventy percent of works had been completed now.

The existing pit line, which accommodated only eighteen bogies, was being extended to accommodate twenty one bogies, he said. The upgraded establishment would have a gate walk facility also. Adequate light facilities should also be provided to carry out maintenance works during night hours, he opined. When contacted, A.K. Goel, Divisional Railway Manager, Southern Railway, Madurai, said it would take two or three months to complete the pit line works. Works would be extended to accommodate twenty four coaches. At present, the maintenance works for Tuticorin-bound trains were being carried out at Chennai.

He also added that a high mast tower light facility would come up at the entrance of Tuticorin railway station. A proposal had been forwarded. Efforts would also be made to raise the low-level platforms at stations, he replied.

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