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Old July 5th, 2009, 02:22 PM   #1
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Kerala Railways - Needs and Projects

This thread is exclusively for the discussing the various railway projects in kerala and the needs of the lakhs of commuters in kerala.

Kerala until some years ago had been one of the most ignored state in india as far as railway developments are concerned...kerala does have a major share in the no of passengers...

in this context this thread is dedicated to the railway needs of Kerala........
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Thumbs up Erumeli - Punalur - Trivandrum Line : Railway Development of 4 districts

The Kodikunnil Suresh MP has requested the public and the political parties to combiine their efforts to realize the Erumeli - Punalur - Trivandrum line which help the development of Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Trivandrum districts.


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Deman for Pulamon railway station--Kotarakkara

MP Kodukkunnil Suresh said that he would take necessary steps for settung up a railway station at Pulamon.

Since Kottarakkara railway station is 2 kms from the ksrtc busstand , one has to avail an auto from the kottarakkara railway station to the ksrtc stand , which makes kollam-kottarakkara travel cost by train costlier than the cost of travel by a ksrtc fast passenger.


A railway station at Pulamon will be of great help bcoz of its close proximity to the ksrtc and pvt bus stands.

Moreover Pulamon station could serve as the junction station for the proposed chengannur-kottarakkara railway line.

He said that the land for this purpose has been identified and necessary steps will be taken
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MP Kodukkunnil Suresh said that he would take necessary steps for settung up a railway station at Pulamon.

Since Kottarakkara railway station is 2 kms from the ksrtc busstand , one has to avail an auto from the kottarakkara railway station to the ksrtc stand , which makes kollam-kottarakkara travel cost by train costlier than the cost of travel by a ksrtc fast passenger.


A railway station at Pulamon will be of great help bcoz of its close proximity to the ksrtc and pvt bus stands.

Moreover Pulamon station could serve as the junction station for the proposed chengannur-kottarakkara railway line.

He said that the land for this purpose has been identified and necessary steps will be taken
It is great to hear that Kodikunnil Suresh focus more on the Railway needs. It is also great to hear that Kottarakkara, Punalur are also gearing up for railway developments along with Kollam Junction Railway station.

Now, the key is Kollam - Punalur BG inaugration. The other developoments will follow shortly as the Kollam - Punalur line will give the necessary impetus for these demands as well.
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Guys, did we really need these much of Railway lines for our tyni state???

There is lot of proposals for interstate links through western ghats.
is these all are needed??

Western ghats are with a sensitive environment and home to some very rare species. for example TIGERS are very territorial animals and each individual need a very large area to live.

there is already Kollam Chengotta line in south, and Palakkad Coimbatore(though not through Ghats)in central Kerala only another one is needed i mean one in North - as Nanjangud- Nilambur (this is very important as it connect Wayanad throgh Nilgiris to Mysore ) are enough for our state - I THINK.

we need to focus our attention on other projects like Electrification, doubling and for Coastal lines.
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need for ernakulam-coimbatore intercity

there r hundreds of commuters who travel daily from ernakulam to palakkad/coimbatore and fro.so there should be an intercity or a jan shatabdi linking the 2 important cities of south india.as of now the only morning train from ekm to coimbatore is the crawling alleppy-dhanbad express which reaches coimbatoreonly by around 12 .

so, i think there should be an intercity b/w ekm and cbe which may start frm ekm by around 5.30 - 6 am and reaches cbe by 9.45-10.15. it may leave coimbatore by around 17---1730 hrs to reach ekm by about 2130-2200 hrs...

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Good topic.

The two new lines projects of Kerala are:

1. Tirunnavaya - Guruvayur (35 km) - 137.71 crores
2. Angamali - Sabarimala (116 km) - 550 crores

But project is in very much starting stages and long way to go.

And Quilon-Punalur-Sengottai GC is another important project which can pave the way for shortest connection from south Kerala to Madurai/Trichy and important pilgrims towns in TN.
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Guys, did we really need these much of Railway lines for our tyni state???

There is lot of proposals for interstate links through western ghats.
is these all are needed??

Western ghats are with a sensitive environment and home to some very rare species. for example TIGERS are very territorial animals and each individual need a very large area to live.

there is already Kollam Chengotta line in south, and Palakkad Coimbatore(though not through Ghats)in central Kerala only another one is needed i mean one in North - as Nanjangud- Nilambur (this is very important as it connect Wayanad throgh Nilgiris to Mysore ) are enough for our state - I THINK.

we need to focus our attention on other projects like Electrification, doubling and for Coastal lines.
Kerala is connected to Tamil Nadu only through Ghat section, as the Western Ghat separates both the states very clearly (except in the case of Trivandrum & Kanya Kumari Districts - but Kanya Kumari, being once a part of the Trivandrum District, is culturally & geographically similar to Trivandrum District).

The main mountain passes connecting Kerala & Tamil Nadu are:

Aralvaimozhi ("AAruvaamozhi" in Malayalam), which connects Trivandrum/Kanyakumari Districts with the Tirunelveli District.

The comes the Aryankave churam (near Punalur & Thenmala), which connects the Trivandrum/Quilon Districts with Tirunelveli District.

The Walayar alias Palakkad churam is the broadest mountain pass in Kerala, havind a width of 32 km. There are no major hills between the Nelliyampathy Hills in the Nenmara / Kollengode region in the South to the Attappady Hills in the Mannarkkad / Walayar region in the North. The railway line from Palghat to Coimbatore passes through a Ghat cum Forest section. The NH 47 also passes through the Walayar Ghat section. (There is another Ghat cum Forest section at Kuthiran in Thrissur District on the Thrissur-Palghat route).

There are many other mountain passes like this connecting Kerala & Tamil Nadu including the ones at Achancoil, Kumili, Bodimet and so on.

I might be partially wrong too. Hence it is open for debate.


Tail Piece:

As per Malayalam, "Churam" is a Mountain Pass (or a break in the continuity of the hills). However, in North Kerala the term is mostly used to refer a steep route through hills, where there shall be hair pin bends and all - Eg. "Attappady Churam", "Thamarassery Churam" etc.
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Good topic.

The two new lines projects of Kerala are:

1. Tirunnavaya - Guruvayur (35 km) - 137.71 crores
2. Angamali - Sabarimala (116 km) - 550 crores

But project is in very much starting stages and long way to go.

And Quilon-Punalur-Sengottai GC is another important project which can pave the way for shortest connection from south Kerala to Madurai/Trichy and important pilgrims towns in TN.
Prior to the gauge conversion of the Trivandrum-Ernakulam sector in the 70s, the Trivandrum-Madras Mail was plying via this route. After the route was broadened, there happened to be two mails to Madras from South Kerala - the Trivandrum Mail - BG Train (via) Palakkad, Coimbatore and the Quilon Mail - MG Train (via) Madurai.
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The services in the Pollachi- Kollengode-Palakkad section were terminated in December, 2008 and now the old M.G. track is being removed prior to the earth work to be carried out. The train services in Dindigul-Pollachi-Podanur sections were terminated on 26th May, 2009, to commence the removal of old M.G.tracks. KOLLENGODE – THRISSUR Railway Line (59 k.m), the New GREEN CORRIDOR to be opened! Kollengode is a town (the erstwhile tiny princely state, now in the Palakkad Dist., Kerala) is having the rail connection with the Pollachi - Palghat M.G.Section.

Thrissur, the city of Pooram Festival and cultural capital of Kerala is lying in between Palakkad/Shoranur and Ernakulam, in the Chennai–Salem-Podanur-Palakkad–Ernakulam-Trivandrum and Ernakulam-Shoranur-Kozhikkode-Kannur-Mangalore B.G.trunk routes.

A traffic survey for connecting Kollengode and Thrissur was done in the year 1965. The Ministry was reluctant to sanction it as a B.G.line due to paucity of funds then. Further, at that time an M.G.line will be ideal when Kollengode becomes a Railway Junction and an entry-point directly from Thrissur to Pollachi (by-passing Palakkad) for annexing with the big M.G. network of Tamilnadu.

The proposed line had a high potential to operate direct trains from Thrissur to many temple towns of Tamilnadu. Unfortunately, the then Kerala Government and Southern Railway were in no mood to compromise with an M.G.Line instead, despite knowing the fact that the M.G.link from Thrissur can be easily extended to the nearby temple town Guruvayur! The Project was finally shelved and was forgotten by the authorities.

It took three decades to get the Thrissur-Guruvayur rail link when the 23 k.m B.G.line was opened for traffic in the year 1995! At present there is a popular demand for direct trains between Guruvayur and cities/ Temple towns of other states.

We are unaware on the facility of direct travel (by M.G.trains) lost to us between Thrissur , the near by Pooram City and temple towns in the neighbouring Tamilnadu viz. Palani, Madurai,Rameswaram etc. through Kollengode, forty years’ back! Had the M.G. rail link between Kollengode and Thrissur been established then, say in late Sixties, the just 23 k.m.long Trichur- Guruvayur rail link would have become an immediate reality, probably as a Mixed-Gauge line!

It is to be noted that the traffic survey for Salem – Bangalore line (215 k.m) via Dharmapuri and Hosur, was also conducted together with that of Kollengode-Trissur line, by the eminent Padmasree P.N.Baskaran Nair (late), architect of Rajadhani Express Trains and exponent of modern technology in railway line constructions. This line was also sanctioned as an M.G.Line. When the Ministry didn’t heed to the request of political lobbies for the getting it as a B.G. line, the Southern Railway prevailed on the Ministry with the support of the Tamilnadu Government and compromised for an M.G. Line in the year 1985, with certain conditions.

Accordingly B.G.standards were maintained and adequate space provisions were made while constructing culverts, bridges and level crossings etc. for the M. G line, so as to facilitate easy conversion in the future. This line got the first place in the B.G. Conversion List of Southern Railway upon the declaration of “Project Uni-Gauge” in the year1992.

The converted B.G. line was opened for traffic in the year 1996. Similarly, in the case of Hassan-Mangalore (189 k.m) line also, after the survey by the same renowned expert in the mid Seventies, sanction was given only for an M.G.link that was considered safe and suitable for the mountainous terrain.

The construction of this M.G.line was on priority basis, despite the huge cost involved. The other two M.G.lines connecting Hassan ( Bangalore – Arsikere – Hassan and Bangalore – Mysore-Hassan M.G.Sections) were converted into B.G in a record time by mid Nineties, upon getting top priority when the Railway regime’s Conversion projects were centered around Bangalore under the nose of the then Railway Minister hailing from Karnataka.

This helped the Hassan – Mangalore M.G. line (now under South-Western Railway) gets enlisted as a mega project of national importance into the B.G. conversions programmed for the 9th Five-Year Plan (1997-2002). This project at a huge cost has been carried out in a phased manner during the past few years.

Providing the B.G.link between Hassan and Mangalore involves the high-tech construction of a new line atop the elevated giant concrete structures installed between the slopes of rocky mountains at both sides in the Sakleshpur- Subramanya Road- Kabakaputtur stretch (97 k.m), and not just the usual conversion of an M.G.line on the plains. The project which has over-run the cost and time is expected to be completed only by this year end.

It is evident from the above that the Kollengode- Thrissur rail-link was not implemented mainly due to the lack of prudence of the then Kerala Government and Southern Railway. The successive State Governments in Kerala (as well as in Tamilnadu) were unaware of the importance of this proposed Railway Line, may be due to lack of popular demand for the same. The pressure lobbying by the private bus operators (who are against the rail-link connecting Pollachi to Thrissur via Kollengode) plying hundreds of buses in the busy Pollachi - Govindapuram–Kollengode – Nenmara – Vadakkumchery – Mannuthy -Thrissur (Inter -State Road joining with N.H.47 at Vadakkumchery) route would have contributed for the in-action of the authorities.

Unfortunately, nothing happened in favour of this proposed line even at a time when one of the Ministers of States in the Railway Ministry, in the three previous regimes were from Tamilnadu or Kerala. Surprisingly, the Railway Budget-2007 called for the survey (not mentioned as “re-survey”) of Kollengode-Thrissur Railway Line (now in B.G.), proving that the Ministry has not actually shelved it.

Beyond doubt, there was no demand for a re-survey of this proposed line by any political fronts based in the home State. Nothing was heard about the survey in the Railway Budget-2008 and afterwards, whether the re-survey was conducted or not, unknown as on date.

The proposed Kollengode – Thrissur line passes through Nenmara, the valley town of Nelliyampathy Hill- Station. Nelliyampathy is popular for holiday-resorts, orange farms, and tea and cardamom estates. At present it is an upcoming tourist destination in Central Kerala, appearing in the itinerary offered by the travel industry.

Presently Nenmara is better known for the spectacular show of elephants’ parade and fireworks displayed at the Nenmara- Vallenghy Vela Festival, held in the first week of April every year .The rail link will give a face-lift to the Paddy-Cultivation and Trading Centers covered under Chulliyar,Pothundy, Mangalam and Peechi irrigation projects. Boat rides in Peechi and Pothundy reservoirs attract tourists.

It will be an enchanting journey by a train that chugs through the beautiful countryside surrounded by thick lush of paddy fields, rubber plantations, coconut-arconut farms and picturesque hills! The Kollengode- Pallavoor-Nenmara- Ayalur - Chittilamchery– Mudappallur-Vadakkumchery stretch and nearby villages/towns (in Chittur and Alathur taluks of Palakkad Dist.) constitute an enclave of Vela/Pooram and Kanniyarkali (a traditional dance-form to worship Goddess Bagavathy, performed in temple premises in the night hours) festivals to be held in this region,during the months of April and May.

It is not an exaggeration to say that during the festival season, not even a single day passes without a celebration involving processions by adorned elephants accompanied by Chendamelams, Panchavadyams, and colourful fire-works etc. at least in a couple of temples! Though the proposed line connects two towns within the State of Kerala, it will pave the way for establishing a direct corridor from the Central Tamil Nadu (Pollachi) to the Central Kerala (Thrissur).

Both States will be equally benefitted from this proposed railway line. Upon conversion of Dindigul- Pollachi- Kollengode –Palakkad into a B.G. line and the proposed new B.G.line between Kollengode and Thrissur if constructed, will establish the shortest route from Central Tamilnadu (Madurai-Dindigul-Tiruchchi region) to Cochin and Malabar regions of Kerala.

Trains towards Malabar regions, Mangalore, Uduppi, Goa and beyond can move through Palakkad. Trains towards Guruvayur, Ernakulam, and Alleppy can reach Thrissur directly through the Kollengode - Thrissur line.

The distance from Tiruchchi to Guruvayur/Ernakulam will be reduced by 61 k.m when compared with the present round-about B.G. (Tiruchchi- Karur -Erode – Podanur- Palakkad –Thrissur) route. Besides, distances from Madurai to Guruvayur and Ernakulam will be reduced by263k.m and115 k.m respectively when compared with the present round-about B.G route via Nagarcoil – Trivandrum – Quilon and Alleppey.

The Maduari-Dindigul-Palani-Pollachi-Kollengode-Thrissur route will still be the shortest route from Madurai to Guruvayur and Ernakulam even after the completion of gauge conversion work in Sengottai-Punalur-Quilon sections. In future, the Thrissur-Kollengode-Pollachi-Podanur B.G.section (134 k.m) will serve as an alternative route to the busy and saturated Thrissur- Ottapalam –Palghat Jn.–Podanur (125 k.m) B.G. trunk route.

Many a number of goods and passenger trains can be diverted through this alternative route, though it will be round-about by 9 k.m. Also the Dindigul-Palani-Udumalaipettai-Pollachi B.G line will create a shorter rail route from Chennai (Egmore) to Palani, the temple town having the famous hill temple of Lord Muruga and to Udumalaipettai, the growing industrial town.

It will be feasible to introduce direct trains between Chennai (Egmore) and Udumalaipettai (or even Pollachi) via Dindigul and Palani. Taking note of all favourable factors into consideration, the new Railway Minister Ms.Mamta Banerjee should sanction for the Kollengode-Thrissur B.G.line in the new Budget to be submitted in the parliament in July, 2009.

The Ministry should simultaneously sanction and release enough funds for the early implementation of both the new line and gauge conversion project in Dindigul –Pollachi- Kollengode- Palakkad /Pollachi-Podanur sections. The Corridor un-opened all these years has to be opened, to facilitate direct and shortest rail link between Central Tamilnadu and Central Kerala.

Both Kerala and Tamilnadu will reap benefits from the said rail connections and thus can jointly co-ordinate with the Railway Ministry to get the same. Let us hope that the new MOS for Railways –Mr.E.Ahamed will take an initiative for getting the Kollengode-Thrissur Railway line a reality. M.Ps from Kerala and Tamilnadu should interact with the people of their respective regions and take up the issue with the Railway Ministry.
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Old July 6th, 2009, 06:56 AM   #11
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AC Double Decker Trains

It is learnt that the AC Double Decker Trains will not reach Kerala in the near future. These coaches are manufactured by BHEL & shall be used in the first instance in the routes connecting the Major Metros.

As of now, the 'Deccan Queen' (Super Fast train connecting Mumbai & Pune has these types of coaches).

AC double deckers are proposed to be used in Inter City Express trians - the two in Kerala being the Trivandrum-Ernakulam & Ernakulam-Kannur.

http://deepika.com/

However, here we need a clarification. More than two decades back, the Venad Express (that time it was running from Trivandrum to Ernakulam Junction only) was having 4 or 5 double decker coaches ( but was not airconditioned). The railways had to withdraw these double decker coaches at a later stage with a justfication that it is not suitable in high rainfall areas or so (I am not sure). Though the new proposal is to have AC/DD coaches, the reason for withdrawing the DD coaches from the Venad is still to be explored. Or the DD coaches were withdrawn at a time when the Venad was extended to Shoranur in the mid 80s?
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The services in the Pollachi- Kollengode-Palakkad section were terminated in December, 2008 and now the old M.G. track is being removed prior to the earth work to be carried out. The train services in Dindigul-Pollachi-Podanur sections were terminated on 26th May, 2009, to commence the removal of old M.G.tracks. KOLLENGODE – THRISSUR Railway Line (59 k.m), the New GREEN CORRIDOR to be opened! Kollengode is a town (the erstwhile tiny princely state, now in the Palakkad Dist., Kerala) is having the rail connection with the Pollachi - Palghat M.G.Section.

Thrissur, the city of Pooram Festival and cultural capital of Kerala is lying in between Palakkad/Shoranur and Ernakulam, in the Chennai–Salem-Podanur-Palakkad–Ernakulam-Trivandrum and Ernakulam-Shoranur-Kozhikkode-Kannur-Mangalore B.G.trunk routes.

A traffic survey for connecting Kollengode and Thrissur was done in the year 1965. The Ministry was reluctant to sanction it as a B.G.line due to paucity of funds then. Further, at that time an M.G.line will be ideal when Kollengode becomes a Railway Junction and an entry-point directly from Thrissur to Pollachi (by-passing Palakkad) for annexing with the big M.G. network of Tamilnadu.

The proposed line had a high potential to operate direct trains from Thrissur to many temple towns of Tamilnadu. Unfortunately, the then Kerala Government and Southern Railway were in no mood to compromise with an M.G.Line instead, despite knowing the fact that the M.G.link from Thrissur can be easily extended to the nearby temple town Guruvayur! The Project was finally shelved and was forgotten by the authorities.

It took three decades to get the Thrissur-Guruvayur rail link when the 23 k.m B.G.line was opened for traffic in the year 1995! At present there is a popular demand for direct trains between Guruvayur and cities/ Temple towns of other states.

We are unaware on the facility of direct travel (by M.G.trains) lost to us between Thrissur , the near by Pooram City and temple towns in the neighbouring Tamilnadu viz. Palani, Madurai,Rameswaram etc. through Kollengode, forty years’ back! Had the M.G. rail link between Kollengode and Thrissur been established then, say in late Sixties, the just 23 k.m.long Trichur- Guruvayur rail link would have become an immediate reality, probably as a Mixed-Gauge line!

It is to be noted that the traffic survey for Salem – Bangalore line (215 k.m) via Dharmapuri and Hosur, was also conducted together with that of Kollengode-Trissur line, by the eminent Padmasree P.N.Baskaran Nair (late), architect of Rajadhani Express Trains and exponent of modern technology in railway line constructions. This line was also sanctioned as an M.G.Line. When the Ministry didn’t heed to the request of political lobbies for the getting it as a B.G. line, the Southern Railway prevailed on the Ministry with the support of the Tamilnadu Government and compromised for an M.G. Line in the year 1985, with certain conditions.

Accordingly B.G.standards were maintained and adequate space provisions were made while constructing culverts, bridges and level crossings etc. for the M. G line, so as to facilitate easy conversion in the future. This line got the first place in the B.G. Conversion List of Southern Railway upon the declaration of “Project Uni-Gauge” in the year1992.

The converted B.G. line was opened for traffic in the year 1996. Similarly, in the case of Hassan-Mangalore (189 k.m) line also, after the survey by the same renowned expert in the mid Seventies, sanction was given only for an M.G.link that was considered safe and suitable for the mountainous terrain.

The construction of this M.G.line was on priority basis, despite the huge cost involved. The other two M.G.lines connecting Hassan ( Bangalore – Arsikere – Hassan and Bangalore – Mysore-Hassan M.G.Sections) were converted into B.G in a record time by mid Nineties, upon getting top priority when the Railway regime’s Conversion projects were centered around Bangalore under the nose of the then Railway Minister hailing from Karnataka.

This helped the Hassan – Mangalore M.G. line (now under South-Western Railway) gets enlisted as a mega project of national importance into the B.G. conversions programmed for the 9th Five-Year Plan (1997-2002). This project at a huge cost has been carried out in a phased manner during the past few years.

Providing the B.G.link between Hassan and Mangalore involves the high-tech construction of a new line atop the elevated giant concrete structures installed between the slopes of rocky mountains at both sides in the Sakleshpur- Subramanya Road- Kabakaputtur stretch (97 k.m), and not just the usual conversion of an M.G.line on the plains. The project which has over-run the cost and time is expected to be completed only by this year end.

It is evident from the above that the Kollengode- Thrissur rail-link was not implemented mainly due to the lack of prudence of the then Kerala Government and Southern Railway. The successive State Governments in Kerala (as well as in Tamilnadu) were unaware of the importance of this proposed Railway Line, may be due to lack of popular demand for the same. The pressure lobbying by the private bus operators (who are against the rail-link connecting Pollachi to Thrissur via Kollengode) plying hundreds of buses in the busy Pollachi - Govindapuram–Kollengode – Nenmara – Vadakkumchery – Mannuthy -Thrissur (Inter -State Road joining with N.H.47 at Vadakkumchery) route would have contributed for the in-action of the authorities.

Unfortunately, nothing happened in favour of this proposed line even at a time when one of the Ministers of States in the Railway Ministry, in the three previous regimes were from Tamilnadu or Kerala. Surprisingly, the Railway Budget-2007 called for the survey (not mentioned as “re-survey”) of Kollengode-Thrissur Railway Line (now in B.G.), proving that the Ministry has not actually shelved it.

Beyond doubt, there was no demand for a re-survey of this proposed line by any political fronts based in the home State. Nothing was heard about the survey in the Railway Budget-2008 and afterwards, whether the re-survey was conducted or not, unknown as on date.

The proposed Kollengode – Thrissur line passes through Nenmara, the valley town of Nelliyampathy Hill- Station. Nelliyampathy is popular for holiday-resorts, orange farms, and tea and cardamom estates. At present it is an upcoming tourist destination in Central Kerala, appearing in the itinerary offered by the travel industry.

Presently Nenmara is better known for the spectacular show of elephants’ parade and fireworks displayed at the Nenmara- Vallenghy Vela Festival, held in the first week of April every year .The rail link will give a face-lift to the Paddy-Cultivation and Trading Centers covered under Chulliyar,Pothundy, Mangalam and Peechi irrigation projects. Boat rides in Peechi and Pothundy reservoirs attract tourists.

It will be an enchanting journey by a train that chugs through the beautiful countryside surrounded by thick lush of paddy fields, rubber plantations, coconut-arconut farms and picturesque hills! The Kollengode- Pallavoor-Nenmara- Ayalur - Chittilamchery– Mudappallur-Vadakkumchery stretch and nearby villages/towns (in Chittur and Alathur taluks of Palakkad Dist.) constitute an enclave of Vela/Pooram and Kanniyarkali (a traditional dance-form to worship Goddess Bagavathy, performed in temple premises in the night hours) festivals to be held in this region,during the months of April and May.

It is not an exaggeration to say that during the festival season, not even a single day passes without a celebration involving processions by adorned elephants accompanied by Chendamelams, Panchavadyams, and colourful fire-works etc. at least in a couple of temples! Though the proposed line connects two towns within the State of Kerala, it will pave the way for establishing a direct corridor from the Central Tamil Nadu (Pollachi) to the Central Kerala (Thrissur).

Both States will be equally benefitted from this proposed railway line. Upon conversion of Dindigul- Pollachi- Kollengode –Palakkad into a B.G. line and the proposed new B.G.line between Kollengode and Thrissur if constructed, will establish the shortest route from Central Tamilnadu (Madurai-Dindigul-Tiruchchi region) to Cochin and Malabar regions of Kerala.

Trains towards Malabar regions, Mangalore, Uduppi, Goa and beyond can move through Palakkad. Trains towards Guruvayur, Ernakulam, and Alleppy can reach Thrissur directly through the Kollengode - Thrissur line.

The distance from Tiruchchi to Guruvayur/Ernakulam will be reduced by 61 k.m when compared with the present round-about B.G. (Tiruchchi- Karur -Erode – Podanur- Palakkad –Thrissur) route. Besides, distances from Madurai to Guruvayur and Ernakulam will be reduced by263k.m and115 k.m respectively when compared with the present round-about B.G route via Nagarcoil – Trivandrum – Quilon and Alleppey.

The Maduari-Dindigul-Palani-Pollachi-Kollengode-Thrissur route will still be the shortest route from Madurai to Guruvayur and Ernakulam even after the completion of gauge conversion work in Sengottai-Punalur-Quilon sections. In future, the Thrissur-Kollengode-Pollachi-Podanur B.G.section (134 k.m) will serve as an alternative route to the busy and saturated Thrissur- Ottapalam –Palghat Jn.–Podanur (125 k.m) B.G. trunk route.

Many a number of goods and passenger trains can be diverted through this alternative route, though it will be round-about by 9 k.m. Also the Dindigul-Palani-Udumalaipettai-Pollachi B.G line will create a shorter rail route from Chennai (Egmore) to Palani, the temple town having the famous hill temple of Lord Muruga and to Udumalaipettai, the growing industrial town.

It will be feasible to introduce direct trains between Chennai (Egmore) and Udumalaipettai (or even Pollachi) via Dindigul and Palani. Taking note of all favourable factors into consideration, the new Railway Minister Ms.Mamta Banerjee should sanction for the Kollengode-Thrissur B.G.line in the new Budget to be submitted in the parliament in July, 2009.

The Ministry should simultaneously sanction and release enough funds for the early implementation of both the new line and gauge conversion project in Dindigul –Pollachi- Kollengode- Palakkad /Pollachi-Podanur sections. The Corridor un-opened all these years has to be opened, to facilitate direct and shortest rail link between Central Tamilnadu and Central Kerala.

Both Kerala and Tamilnadu will reap benefits from the said rail connections and thus can jointly co-ordinate with the Railway Ministry to get the same. Let us hope that the new MOS for Railways –Mr.E.Ahamed will take an initiative for getting the Kollengode-Thrissur Railway line a reality. M.Ps from Kerala and Tamilnadu should interact with the people of their respective regions and take up the issue with the Railway Ministry.

first let the palghat-pollachi gauge conversion be completed , then we can think about trishur-kollengode line.


this route is of course important...pilgrims from ekm can go directly by train to palani and other temple towns in tamil nadu
once the kollam-sengottai bg is completed,the distance b/w ernakulam n madurai can by reduced by 120 kms compared to the current circuitous route of ekm-klm-tvm-nagercoil-tirunelveli-madurai

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there r hundreds of commuters who travel daily from ernakulam to palakkad/coimbatore and fro.so there should be an intercity or a jan shatabdi linking the 2 important cities of south india.as of now the only morning train from ekm to coimbatore is the crawling alleppy-dhanbad express which reaches coimbatoreonly by around 12 .

so, i think there should be an intercity b/w ekm and cbe which may start frm ekm by around 5.30 - 6 am and reaches cbe by 9.45-10.15. it may leave coimbatore by around 17---1730 hrs to reach ekm by about 2130-2200 hrs...
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first let the palghat-pollachi gauge conversion be completed , then we can think about trishur-kollengode line.


this route is of course important...pilgrims from ekm can go directly by train to palani and other temple towns in tamil naduonce the kollam-sengottai bg is completed,the distance b/w ernakulam n madurai can by reduced by 120 kms compared to the current circuitous route of ekm-klm-tvm-nagercoil-tirunelveli-madurai
Also to Kodaikanal on the Upper Palani Hills.

Need not necessarily go via Trivandrum-Nagercoil, if it is by road. TNSTC buses from Ernakulam-Tuticorin ply via Quilon-Kottarakkara-Punalur-Shencottah-Tirunelveli.
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Good topic.

The two new lines projects of Kerala are:

1. Tirunnavaya - Guruvayur (35 km) - 137.71 crores
2. Angamali - Sabarimala (116 km) - 550 crores

But project is in very much starting stages and long way to go.

And Quilon-Punalur-Sengottai GC is another important project which can pave the way for shortest connection from south Kerala to Madurai/Trichy and important pilgrims towns in TN.
Why there is alway proposals from Angamaly to Sabarimala??
Thiruvalla and stations in Kottayam are more close to Sabarimala than Angamaly.
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1) Edappally - Grvr- Ponnani - Thanur,
This line is so important because the existing line between north and of south of Kerala is in a circular shape.
British Made these line to connect Malabar with Madras so the line is going eastward from Thanur in North Kerala. and later southern line also came in this regard . so there is no north - south line existed.
Edappally Thanur line will reduce running time between North and south of Kerala around 45mins

2) Nilambur - Nanjangud ,

This line will open a new era of transportation & relationship between South & Central Kerala to Banglore and Mysore . Ekm- Banglore & Tvm Banglore running time will reduce

3) Sabarimala line
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As per Malayalam, "Churam" is a Mountain Pass (or a break in the continuity of the hills). However, in North Kerala the term is mostly used to refer a steep route through hills, where there shall be hair pin bends and all - Eg. "Attappady Churam", "Thamarassery Churam" etc.
Jaleelkka, Mountain pass means mountain pass- A road through mountains. eg. Khyber pass, Nathula Pass, and ofcource Thamarassery pass
not a road through Plains or valleys sandwiched by mountains.!!!!

so i think north Kerala version is more accurate for churam.
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Jaleelkka, Mountain pass means mountain pass- A road through mountains. eg. Khyber pass, Nathula Pass, and ofcource Thamarassery pass
not a road through Plains or valleys sandwiched by mountains.!!!!

so i think north Kerala version is more accurate for churam.
Moutain Pass - Churam = Malampaatha.
I did not mean that it is a valley.

The Palghat Pass is a Pass only. It is never treated as a Valley.
Technically, it is a Pass, though appears to be a valley. Vaal illatha manushyanu vaal kutty ullathu poley.

That is why I had justified that there is Ghat section in the Palghat-Coimbatore route.

Khyber Pass, Palghat Pass, Aryankave, Aralvaimozhi etc are real mountain passes those cross mountains and connect distant places. However, Thamarasseri Churam connecst Adivaram with Lakkidi and Attappady Churam connects Adivaram with Agali.

Mountain Passes are nature's creation. Roads are man made. Even without roads, mountain passes had been in existence.

There is a difference between the real mountain passes (as designated by geographical experts and as locally termed).

If all these can be termed "churams', then in Trivandrum City itself we can see few "Churams". (Eg. PTP Nagar Churam).

I was just mentioning a difference is dialect. If I am correct, in South Kerala, it is Vallom that floats in Vellam, while in North Kerala, it is Vellam that floats in Vallom. Better don't use the local term for Cassava, when a North Keralite visit South Kerala.
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Moutain Pass - Churam = Malampaatha.
I did not mean that it is a valley.

The Palghat Pass is a Pass only. It is never treated as a Valley.
Technically, it is a Pass, though appears to be a valley. Vaal illatha manushyanu vaal kutty ullathu poley.

That is why I had justified that there is Ghat section in the Palghat-Coimbatore route.

Khyber Pass, Palghat Pass, Aryankave, Aralvaimozhi etc are real mountain passes those cross mountains and connect distant places. However, Thamarasseri Churam connecst Adivaram with Lakkidi and Attappady Churam connects Adivaram with Agali.

Mountain Passes are nature's creation. Roads are man made. Even without roads, mountain passes had been in existence.

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As per wikipedia a mountain pass is a saddle point in between two areas of higher elevation.[citation needed] If following the lowest possible route through a range, a pass is locally the highest point on that route. Since many of the world's mountain ranges have always presented formidable barriers to travel, passes have been important since before recorded history, and have played a key role in trade, war and migration.



There is no mountain in Palakkad hence it is a gap of mountain range. (You can see some english sites/maps refer it as Palakkad gap)
see the pic, it is a wide gap so there is no need to take any effort to get the other side of the mountain, as there is no true mountain situated.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_pass

But Hystoric passes are different they are difficult rutes to cross the mountains. through relatively easy mountain slopes ( check the wiki definition again-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_pass)
I Think you don't have enough idea about Khyber check the pic below
1, Khyber Pass ( Connects Afghanistan & Pakistan)

2 St. Bernard Pass on Alps


And Thamarassery Churam is not only connect Lakkidi to Adivram
but whole of Malabar with Mysore. through which Tippu Sultan came for battle.
so our Thamarassery Churam is next

is that not similiar?? if you still have doubts then go through the google image search results of mountain pass!!
http://images.google.com.qa/images?h...gbv=2&aq=f&oq=

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.If all these can be termed "churams', then in Trivandrum City itself we can see few "Churams". (Eg. PTP Nagar Churam).
As far as I know there is no Mountain ranges in TVM city limit. except some small hill
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