Tiruvarur-Nagore BG line to be over

In final stage: The broad gauge track laid in Nagore railway station.

In final stage: The broad gauge track laid in Nagore railway station.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: M. Srinath

Syed Muthahar Saqaf0

Trains carrying ballast are being operated now

TIRUCHI: The long pending broad-gauge track conversion works on the Tiruvarur – Nagore section are nearing completion and the section is expected to be thrown open to passenger traffic shortly.

The Railway Board sanctioned the project from Tiruchi to Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagore and Karaikal covering a distance of 200 kms on an outlay of Rs. 172 crore in 1995-96. The work on the track to a length of 50 km on the Tiruchi-Thanjavur section was completed in 1998 and the 55 km-Thanjavur-Tiruvarur section was thrown open in January 2007.

However, conversion works on the Tiruvarur-Nagore section (31 kms on an outlay Rs. 34 crore) was not taken up for a long time.

The work was taken up by 2006 and the process of laying the BG track had already been completed. The project involved construction of two big bridges, 96 small bridges, 15 manned level crossings and 10 unmanned level crossings. A trial run of material trains was conducted by the Southern Railway on the newly-laid line between Tiruvarur and Nagore last month. Trains carrying ballast and other materials are being operated now.

According to railway sources here, at present signalling and other installation works are being carried out. The section will be thrown open to traffic after obtaining the approval from the Commissioner for Railway Safety.

The works on the renovation of Nagapattinam and Nagore railway stations by creating additional facilities at an expenditure of Rs. 4.17 crore are progressing at a fast pace.

The Railways move to speed up the process of laying a 10-km track connecting Nagapattinam and Velankanni for Rs.24 crore has also delighted the people of central districts. The construction of the railway station in Velankanni is already over and the new line is likely to become operational by March 2009.

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