The track doubling work between Valadi and Kallakudi Palanganatham on the Tiruchi-Vridachalam-Villupuram section (chord line) is progressing at a fast pace and will be completed by March.
The track doubling work between Kallakudi Palanganatham and Ariyalur is also progressing and is expected to be completed by the year end, said P. V. Vaidialingam, Divisional Railway Manager, while speaking at the Republic Day celebration organised by the Tiruchi Railway Division at the Kallukuzhi Railway Stadium here on Thursday. The doubling of the track will immensely help in reducing the decongestion in the busy chord line, he added.
He said that the Railway Board has sanctioned the doubling work of 48-kilometre section between Tiruchi and Thanjavur and allotted Rs.190 crore in the supplementary Railway budget of 2011-12.
In the infrastructural front in the division, two new line projects of Mannargudi-Nidamangalam and Nagore-Karaikal were commissioned and added to the system recently.
He said that the ongoing BG conversion work in the Mayiladuthurai - Tiruvarur section is nearing completion and the gauge conversion work between Tiruvarur and Karaikudi will be taken up soon.
Explaining the achievements of the division in the financial front, Mr. Vaidialingam said that the robust performance of the division helped Southern Railway to surpass the target assigned by the Railway Board especially in the field of freight loading and punctuality.
The division handled 7.5 million tonnes of freight in the first three quarters of this financial year.
The earning of Tiruchi division has gone up to Rs.441 crore, which is 28 per cent more than the last year earnings of Rs.353 crore. Of this increased earnings , Rs.72 crore is earned from freight and Rs.16 crore from passenger segment. The percentage of punctuality of the division has also increased from 80 to 85 per cent during this financial year.
New train services from Mannargudi to Chennai Egmore and Mannargudi to Tiruchi and regularising the Chennai Egmore – Tiruchendur express on the main line are widely welcomed by the passengers of delta area.
The additional stoppages provided recently to seven trains at important stations will be of immense help to public.
The division has been able to achieve high safety record due to its sustained efforts in various fronts.
Earlier, Mr. Vaidialingam unfurled the National Flag and accepted guard of honour presented by the Railway Protection Force personnel.
S.A.Abdul Rahman, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, M.S.Sunil, Senior Security Commissioner, other officers, were present.