S. Rly to interlock 50 manned level-crossings

TIRUCHI OCT. 22. As part of its efforts at improving safety, the Southern Railway has decided to interlock 50 manned non-interlocked level crossing gates during this year.

Though interlocking would involve more expenditure, it would improve safety, the Southern Railway Additional General Manager, K.K. Pandey, told presspersons here today.

Mr. Pandey evaluated the progress of gauge conversion and passenger amenities in the Tiruchi Railway Division. He said the 206 km gauge conversion works being carried out would be completed before the end of this financial year.

The Thanjavur-Kumbakonam and Villupuram-Pondicherry gauge conversion works would be completed on schedule and works in the Thanjavur-Kumbakonam section would be completed before Mahamaham next year.

He said the Commissioner of Railway Safety would inspect the broad gauge line between Vadalur and Cuddalore, a work taken up as part of the Salem-Cuddalore gauge conversion, during the first week of November.

For the current year, Rs. 30.6 crores had been earmarked for new lines, while Rs. 81 crores allocated for doubling works and Rs. 90.21 crores for gauge conversion works.

Earlier Mr. Pandey inspected the Tiruchi junction and later held discussions with senior officials.

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