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More trains on MRTS section planned

Railway to run services on second Tirumailai-Tiruvanmiyur line The number of passengers, which was 10,000 a day when the service ran up to Tirumailai, increased to 40,000 after it was extended to Tiruvanmiyur. Revenue also improved from Rs. 30,000 to Rs.1 lakh a day.

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Southern Railway administration is planning to increase MRTS services on the Tirumailai - Tiruvanmiyur section in view of increasing commuters.

The number of passengers, which was 10,000 a day when the service ran up to Tirumailai, increased to 40,000 after it was extended to Tiruvanmiyur. The revenue also improved from Rs. 30,000 to Rs.1 lakh a day.

At present, the administration is operating EMU services only on a single line out of two available lines in the absence of turn back facility at Tiruvamiyur.

As the operation of services is restricted to only one line, the administration is not able to increase the frequency.

Now the frequency will be increased by running services on the second line also, thanks to the intervention of the Union Minister of State for Railways, R. Velu.

When newspersons told Mr. Velu of the enormous delay in completing the stretch between Tirumailai and Velachery, he said loose soil from Taramani to Velacheri was an impediment to the project's desired completion.

On the advice of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the Research Design and Standard Organisation, Lucknow, a decision was made to go for either column or well foundation. Railway Board officials are to study the proposal before taking a final decision.

It would cost an additional expenditure of Rs.15 crores and at least one year to complete.

However, for the convenience of commuters, frequency would be increased by operating services on the second line, the Minister added.

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