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Old September 20th, 2010, 06:06 AM   #2121
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Old September 20th, 2010, 06:16 AM   #2122
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Simply breathtaking and emotional experience. People who depends on these trains for their daily transport especially to Schencottah for trade and business are going to suffer now. The fare from Punalur to Schencottah was merely Rs.8 and now by bus they have to pay a minimum of Rs. 31.

Authorities should make sure to complete the BG conversion as soon as possible as thousands of people in these region are going to be affected financially due to the service termination.
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Old September 20th, 2010, 06:25 AM   #2123
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Bidding Adieu to Punalur- Chenkotta Metre Gauge Train!

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Old September 20th, 2010, 06:28 AM   #2124
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...and the Journey : Punalur-Shengottai MG !!!

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Old September 20th, 2010, 06:44 AM   #2125
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Incredible metre gauge travel ends in Kerala

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PUNALUR: It was all over for the last metre gauge train in Kerala when the Punalur-Chencotta passenger train to Tamil Nadu pulled out of this city Sunday evening.

Since Friday, innumerable number of people had been making a dash to the railway station near this city, 75 km from state capital Thiruvananthapuram, for a last ride on the century-old metre gauge track.

A railway official attached to the Punalur station told IANS that Sunday has been a day of unprecedented rush of people to travel one last time.

"The last journey began at 6.50 p.m. and the previous three trips have been flowing with people. There are just four bogies and people are sitting on the roof top also," said the official who did not wish to be named.

"Despite the police asking the passengers to get down, no one is listening," he added.

The Kollam-Punalur (45 km) track has already been converted into broad gauge. The next stretch to be converted is the Punalur-Chencotta (46 km) and work is all set to start with this metre gauge train being pulled out of service.

"I have been using this train for the past three decades at least three to four times a week. I source my vegetables and bit of provisions from Tenkasi because they are cheap there," said Parmesweran, a local trader near Punalur.

"With this train being pulled out of service for laying a broad gauge track, I am a bit sad because the experience of travelling on a metre gauge track is different," he added.

The Kollam-Chencotta metre gauge railway remains as a monument of British engineering technology on which work started in 1890 and opened in 1901.

"We are from Kottayam and we just came to see this metre gauge train. The views are breathtaking with a few tunnels. The magnificent Pathimoonnu Kannara Palam (13 Arch Bridge) at Kazhuthurutti is unbelievable. We enjoyed the ride," said Siju Jacob and his group of friends after the ride.

The route was built mainly for the transportation of crops like pepper and other spices to erstwhile Madras from Kollam and today it is basically used to take produce from Tamil Nadu to Kollam.

Another railway official, on condition of anonymity, said the tunnels and the bridges would be strengthened.

"We were able to finish the first stretch from Kollam to Punalur in a reasonable time limit and so would be the next stretch from Punalur to Chencotta," he said.

"Today, technology is available for strengthening the tunnels and old bridges and it would be done. The new tracks would be laid and are expected to be ready in two years," he added.
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KOLLAM: When the last whistle blows for the Punalur-Chencotta passenger at 6 p.m. on Sunday, an epoch which had its memories rooted in the age of steam engine will trundle ahead and disappear into the narrow, dark and wet tunnels of history.

An unprecedented rush of passengers was witnessed the Punalur and other stations on the Kerala side of the metre gauge rail to sneak into the train and travel to Tamil Nadu for the last time.

For the past 113 years, it had been a part of the life for the thousands of villagers living in this part of the State who eke out a living by selling their agro- products in Chencotta or Punalur.

During the British raj, people had set the time of their clocks and watches according to the arrival of the train underlining the precision and punctuality of the service. With the passing of another day, they have to wait for at least two years to complete the process of gauge conversion and to hear the long nostalgic whistle of train.


C Rahim, a journalist from the capital who came to make a journey by the Punalur - Chencotta Passenger said that he had to wait till 3.40 p.m. to board the train as there was little room on the train scheduled for 1 p.m. for which he had bought ticket. “Large number of people from far and wide, even from distant places such as Alappuzha came to have an experience of a journey by the metre gauge train,” he said.

The local people residing on both sides of the heritage rail passing through the Ghat areas were jumping out of their houses each time the train pass by their place to have a last glimpse. “Many were seen waving hands. People, both young and old, were taking snaps of the crowded train. The enthusiastic people on a festive mood had even climbed to the top of the train to travel, as there was literally not an inch of space to place their foot inside the train.
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Old September 20th, 2010, 12:45 PM   #2126
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So there ends the last mg train service in kerala. Hope the conversion work is completed in time preserving the heritage of this historic route.
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Old September 20th, 2010, 01:02 PM   #2127
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Youtube video of the last mg train crossing the 13 pillar bridge

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Old September 20th, 2010, 01:18 PM   #2128
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More images here

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Old September 20th, 2010, 02:01 PM   #2129
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Yes, the plight of Kollam KSRTC bus station is really pathetic. As Navjot has pointed out the lack of services, I want to point out the infrastructural shortages.


Though, the bus station is located at the heart of city on the banks of Ashtamudi lake, the building and the surrounding area are not well maintained and is not heigenic. though the Water Transport Department has come up with a good boat terminal, KSRTC has not learned anything from this.

Regarding the services, Kottarakkara KSRTC bus station has more services compared to Kollam Bus station. Moreover, trains are more preferred than busses especially in the city as it is cheaper and railway station is located at the most convenient place.
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Old September 20th, 2010, 05:44 PM   #2130
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SN Medical college may be mooted again on the wake of land relaxation for Medical Colleges

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SNDP has planned the R Shankar Medical college in Kollam.3 As per SNDP authorities, the current SN college in the city will be shifted to Chathanoor and the Medical college will come up in that place in the city.

But there is opposition among the old alumini VIP's as well as some section of the SNDP's members to shift the 61 year old SN college from the existing place. The SNDP is finding it really hard to get space inside the city.

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An SN Medical College at the heart of Kollam City is on the cards due to the new land relaxation for the colleges. A medical college requires only 10 acres of land and the college and the hospital should be within a distance of 5 kilometers.

Both these conditions are met by the proposed SNDP's medical college in Kollam City. SN collge has more than 10 acres of land within the city and Shankars hospital and SIMS hospital is around 1.5 Kms from the college having another 5 acres of land.

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Old September 20th, 2010, 07:24 PM   #2131
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NH220 kollam-Teni Road

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NH220 kollam-Teni Road, news in mathrubumi Citizen News for NH220 road & NHbypass road in kollam district
http://www.mathrubhumi.com/kollam/ci...ws/517883.html
NH220 KOLLAM - TENI . New alignment road already approved india government
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Old September 21st, 2010, 03:02 AM   #2132
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NH220 KOLLAM - TENI . New alignment road already approved india government
That is absolutely a great news. That means the third NH from Kollam city is going to become a reality. Yoogesh, could you please give an idea of the approved alignment. Is it High School Junction - Anchalumoodu - Elampallor - Bharanichavu - Chengannur - Kottayam - Thenni?
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Old September 21st, 2010, 03:07 AM   #2133
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An SN Medical College at the heart of Kollam City is on the cards due to the new land relaxation for the colleges. A medical college requires only 10 acres of land and the college and the hospital should be within a distance of 5 kilometers.

Both these conditions are met by the proposed SNDP's medical college in Kollam City. SN collge has more than 10 acres of land within the city and Shankars hospital and SIMS hospital is around 2 KMs 1.5 Kms from the college with another 5 acres of land.
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Old September 21st, 2010, 03:15 AM   #2134
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Huge crowd travelled on Monday again to sent off the last train to history

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So there ends the last mg train service in kerala. Hope the conversion work is completed in time preserving the heritage of this historic route.

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Old September 21st, 2010, 04:03 AM   #2135
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Old September 21st, 2010, 05:55 AM   #2136
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Platform development work progressing at Mayyanad station

KOLLAM: The work to development the two platforms at the Mayyanad railway station began last week. Commuters from the township are hoping that on completion of the work, some of the express and mail trains will halt here.

Now, eight trains halt at the Mayyanad station. These are three passenger trains to Thiruvananthapuram from Kollam and three passenger trains to Kollam from Thiruvananthapuram. The up and down Kannur Express also halts at Mayyanad.

The platforms are 247 metres in length while a platform having a length of 575 metres is required to accommodate trains with 24 coaches. The development work includes extending the length of the platforms by 328 metres towards the southern side.

Along with this work, the height of the platforms is also being increased by 84 cm. The platforms are low-level ones used during the days of metre gauge trains and many passengers find it difficult to board the trains.

The work is being carried out utilising funds from the Rs.2-crore allocation for the Eravipuram, Paravur, Kappil, Edava, Akathumuri, Kaniyapuram and Veli stations.

The platform development work at Mayyand is expected to be completed in 11 months.
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Old September 21st, 2010, 06:01 AM   #2137
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Great News for IT Park as well

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Ajith, this was the expected route compared to the previous Highschool Junction - Anchalumoodu - Perumon - Mundo Thuruthu - Bharanickavu - Chengannur. Starting from High School Junction in the city - Anchalumoodu - Elampallor - Near Kundara IT Park - Bharanichavu - Chengannur - Kottayam - Thenni.

Great news is the the NH 220 is passing very near to the upcoming Kollam IT park @ Kundara.

It will be great if the alignment is more customized so that the distance from the proposed Aranmula International Airport to the NH 220 is minimal. That will reduce the distance from Kollam to Aranamula considerably and people from Kollam district also can tap the airport potential.

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Old September 21st, 2010, 06:23 AM   #2138
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That is absolutely a great news. That means the third NH from Kollam city is going to become a reality. Yoogesh, could you please give an idea of the approved alignment. Is it High School Junction - Anchalumoodu - Elampallor - Bharanichavu - Chengannur - Kottayam - Thenni?
Yes Dear, approved alignment: High School Junction - Anchalumoodu - Elampallor - Bharanichavu -Chakkuvally-Thamarakkulam-charummood- Chengannur - Kottayam - Thenni
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Old September 21st, 2010, 06:42 AM   #2139
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KOLLAM: The work to development the two platforms at the Mayyanad railway station began last week. Commuters from the township are hoping that on completion of the work, some of the express and mail trains will halt here.

Now, eight trains halt at the Mayyanad station. These are three passenger trains to Thiruvananthapuram from Kollam and three passenger trains to Kollam from Thiruvananthapuram. The up and down Kannur Express also halts at Mayyanad.

The platforms are 247 metres in length while a platform having a length of 575 metres is required to accommodate trains with 24 coaches. The development work includes extending the length of the platforms by 328 metres towards the southern side.

Along with this work, the height of the platforms is also being increased by 84 cm. The platforms are low-level ones used during the days of metre gauge trains and many passengers find it difficult to board the trains.

The work is being carried out utilising funds from the Rs.2-crore allocation for the Eravipuram, Paravur, Kappil, Edava, Akathumuri, Kaniyapuram and Veli stations.

The platform development work at Mayyand is expected to be completed in 11 months.
As the MEMU trains are expected to hit the tracks by early 2011, the infrastructural developments of stations like Mayyanad, Eravipuram, and Paravur should be be enhanced along with the other railway stations in the district.

The current platform length and especially the height of the platforms at most of these stations are not enough to board the MEMU trains comfortably as the MEMU trains stop at a station for only 1 minute.

It is imperative to enhance the infrastructural works at these stations before the MEMU service starts in 2011.

There was a proposal for another station at SN college Junction in the city only for the MEMU trains as hundreds of college students from the southern region of the district and Trivandrum prefers to get down at SN college junction as most of the colleges in the city are in the vicinity.

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