P. V. Srividya
122-km Mayiladuturai–Villupuram section inspected by top railway officials
MAYILADUTURAI: A trial run was conducted in the Mayiladuturai–Villupuram broad gauge section on Wednesday.
Travelling in a special train, a team of Southern Railway top officials conducted the trial run in the 122-km stretch at a speed of 60 km per hour to ascertain the track condition and its adherence to safety stipulations.
Pradeep Gaur, Chief Project Manager, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, N. Venkatesan, Chief Engineer (General); S.K. Bansal, Chief Engineer (Constructions), and M. Selvaraj, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, conducted the trial run.
The trial run is conducted to identify deficiencies, if any, and fill the gaps in safety provisions.
Deficiencies will be addressed by the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), the project implementing agency. This is to ensure track safety before operating a goods train.
The inspection will also ascertain if the safety stipulations posed during previous inspections have been complied with.
The stretch was inspected by the General Manager and the Divisional Regional Manager, Tiruchi, earlier.
A trial run would be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Bangalore, at a later stage.
The main reason for the delay in completing the conversion work, according to railway sources, is the number of bridges _ 32 major and 290 minor, including the one across the Coleroon.
The restoration of service will immensely benefit the public of the delta districts in reaching Chennai by the shortest route.