Kollam-Punalur broad gauge line inspected

Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: Southern Railway General Manager Deepak Krishan says he is hopeful that the 45-km newly laid Kollam-Punalur broad gauge line will be commissioned by March 31.

He was talking to presspersons here on Wednesday after an inspection of the line by travelling in a special train.

Mr. Krishan said the work on the line is being carried out with a view to meeting the deadline. As much as 99 per cent of the work is over. Only some civil work and signal system work are pending.

He said the Railway Safety Commissioner will inspect the line soon. The clearance certificate of the commissioner is mandatory for commissioning the line.

Once the Punalur-Kollam line is commissioned, Railways will concentrate on the gauge conversion of the Punalur-Shencotta sector. The sector passes through a terrain that is extremely difficult for conversion. Experts have already inspected the sector for the purpose.

The Sabari line is already sanctioned. The delay in commencing the work is because of the non-acquisition of land by the State government.

Mr. Krishan was accompanied by Madurai Divisional Railway Manager Anil Singhal. The special train that left here at 9.20 a.m. travelled at 67 kmph to Punalur. In the return journey, it clocked 75 kmph. According to sources, the tracks can tolerate speeds up to 80 kmph.

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