Villupuram-Pondy line to be energised

S. Vydhianathan

Pondicherry Administration shared 50 per cent cost of the Rs. 9-crore project

It is possible to complete electrification work on Villupuram-Tiruchi section within 18 months once contracts are finalised, say officialsUnder the project, sub-stations at Vriddhachalam, Ariyalur and Tiruchi have been planned which will be linked to State grid for power transmission

CHENNAI: The 37-km stretch between Villupuram and Pondicherry will be energised by this month end as the electrification work has been completed.

The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) is expected to inspect the electrified section in the third week of the month. After his clearance, the section will be opened for passenger traffic.

The Pondicherry Administration shared 50 per cent of the Rs. 9-crore project, according to Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) officials here.

On the electrification of the Villupuram-Tiruchi section, the officials said it was possible to complete the work within 18 months once the contracts were finalised. As it was a long stretch of 178 route km, the project would be taken up in two phases, first between Villupuram and Vriddhachalam and then from there to Tiruchi.

The execution of the project, the officials said, would not pose any major problem, as it was a plain terrain.

Under the project, three sub-stations one each at Vriddhachalam, Ariyalur and Tiruchi had been planned which would be linked to the State grid for power transmission. However, there would be no need for an electrical loco shed at Tiruchi.

The officials said the Railway Board in the current budget cleared the electrification of the Vellore-Katpadi section (10 km) and asked the Southern Railway to take up the work.

Earlier, the Board, while sanctioning gauge conversion of the Tirupati-Katpadi section, decided to extend it up to Vellore and the conversion work was progressing. In the current budget, the Ministry had sanctioned electrification of the section.