`Madurai-Dindigul gauge conversion will be taken up soon'

CHENNAI, APRIL 24. Gauge conversion between Madurai and Dindigul will be taken up soon as Southern Railway wants to complete the work at the earliest to relieve congestion in the Chennai-Nagercoil section, according to the Additional General Manager, K.K. Pande.

At present, despite the potential for increasing the number of trains in the section, Southern Railway is not able to meet the demand what with the heavy congestion, especially from Madurai to Dindigul.

As the Railway Board has given clearance for doubling the stretch, work will begin soon.

Similarly the Tambaram-Egmore suburban gauge conversion will be taken up after May 15 and it will take at least four months to complete work, Mr. Pande said while participating in the 49th Railway Week celebrations, organised by the Chennai unit of the Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) here on Friday.

He stressed the need for restructuring staff, reduction of the operating expenditure and increasing productivity for the zone to turn the corner.

Later he distributed railway week awards to employees. Earlier, S. Muralidaran, chief project manager of the Chennai unit, said that in the last financial year the unit energised 152 route km up from 95 route km the previous year.

In the current year, the Ernakulam-Kottayam-Kayankulam and the Ernakulam-Alleppey-Kayankulam and the Kayankulam-Thiruvanandapuram sections would be energised and commissioned for commercial service.

Electrification of the Villupuram-Pondicherry section would be taken up on sanction from the Railway Board.

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