After successful completion of yard works in Tiruchi and Thanjavur railway stations, Southern Railway has taken up the track strengthening works on the 46 km railway line between Ponmalai and Thanjavur. The work is scheduled to be carried out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 25 to September 18, said a release from Tiruchi Railway division on Monday.
The work involves laying additional pre-stressed concrete (PSC) sleepers in the entire section. On completion, the sleeper density on the section will increase from the present 1,310 sleepers per km. to 1,660 sleepers per km. The work is primarily meant to increase the speed of the goods trains running on this section, resulting faster traffic clearance, minimised congestion and improve passenger train movement in the section. Increasing the sleeper density of tracks will also improve the reliability of the track, thereby improving track safety.
Strengthening works will be taken up on non-peak hours – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For this purpose, advanced track relaying train (TRT) has already arrived here from Track Machines Depot, Chennai. The work has been planned to have minimum inconvenience to passengers, the release said.
The Railways has already announced changes in passenger train services on this section from June 25 to September 18, the release said.