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Subway, bridge to replace railway gate

Respite soon:The railway level crossing at Palanganatham in Madurai.

Respite soon:The railway level crossing at Palanganatham in Madurai.   | Photo Credit: Photo: G. Moorthy

S. Sundar

Railway level crossing at Palanganatham in Madurai to be closed from today

MADURAI: The railway level crossing at Palanganatham will be closed from Wednesday to facilitate construction of a subway and road over-bridge (RoB).

The railways has planned to take up the subway work by March 25 after the drinking water, sewerage, telephone and electricity lines are shifted.

The facility was necessitated after the number of vehicles using the railway gate exceeded the one-lakh mark, railway sources said.

The subway, with a width of 7.5 metres and a vertical clearance of 3 metres and meant for light motor vehicles, would be thrown open for traffic by August.

“Even our portion of the RoB will be completed by August,” a railway officer said.

The bridge will have two-lane arms on the eastern side of the gate — one each to TVS Nagar and Jaihindpuram —- and a three-lane arm on the western side.

The western arm has been designed to fly over the Tirupparankundram (TPK) Road and project into the road leading to Palanganatham bus stand.

Relief for road users

Both the subway and RoB would provide a great relief to waiting vehicles that spill over to the TPK Road on the western side whenever the gate was closed for train movement, a State Highways official said.

Many proposals were made for the RoB since 2006. The cost, then estimated at around Rs. 30 crore, is expected to go up.

The Highways Department is expected to float the tender for the project in two months after finalising the cost.

The construction work will take at least two years, according to the officials.

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