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Old March 7th, 2009, 04:28 PM   #101
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This new alignment can also be considered for new highway.. which will reduce the Road distance to salem..
I remember once SH planed for a new highway from Chennai to Salem via Odagathur, which is more or less the same alignment like above, later they dropped the plan.
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nice information... when did they propose that highway?

Sad that even now the Ayodhiyapatinam-Vaniyambadi SH was not converted to NH!!
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it was in the year 2000..
they even had survey.. i don't know what happened after tht!
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Old March 8th, 2009, 07:25 PM   #103
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Salem-Karur New Rail line hit by funds squeeze

KARUR: Work on the new broad gauge railway line between Karur and Salem is proceeding at a snail’s pace. Poor governmental support by way of inadequate funds allocation, impediments ranging from land acquisition to court cases, construction of a major bridge across the Cauvery are some of the factors that have contributed to the stunted progress of the project.

Conceding the long-pending demand of the people of the region, a new BG line between Karur and Salem through Namakkal and Rasipuram was sanctioned in 1996-97. The 85-km- line was then estimated to cost Rs. 136 crore.

Stations were to be constructed at Mallur, Rasipuram, Puduchatram, Namakkal, Lathuvadi, Mohanur and Vangal. The new line would reduce the distance between Salem and Karur by 45 km.

There is a high potential for freight traffic in the sector for sago, starch, grains, handlooms and textile products, poultry feed and the importance of Namakkal as a business centre add to the significance of the project. During 1997-98, Rs. 4.76 crore was spent on the project. The grant in the 1998-99 budget was Rs. 15 crore.

In February 2003, the cost worked out to Rs. 229.38 crore, while expenditure incurred till that period was Rs. 53.64 crore. The provision during 2003-04 was Rs. 15.69 crore.

The project envisages construction of a new bridge across the Cauvery, linking Mohanur in Namakkal district with Vangal in Karur district.

But after all these years one could see just pillars rising from the river bed with only two deck slabs having been launched.

Earthwork has been done covering a major portion in Karur district till Vangal and in several other places in Namakkal and Salem districts. Official sources said that land acquisition covering the 13 km-stretch of the line in Karur district has been completed.

Railway officials claimed that land acquisition was completed for the entire stretch and that the next phase of work would gather pace.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/03/08/stor...0855280800.htm
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Old March 8th, 2009, 07:37 PM   #104
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Villupuram - Cuddalore Railway line will be operational SOON

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Old March 14th, 2009, 04:29 AM   #106
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13.5 hours to cover 340 km

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Passengers claim the train runs at an average speed of 25 km per hour
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Madurai- Villupuram passenger

TIRUCHI: When the Railways are studying the feasibility of introducing bullet trains, the Villuppuram – Madurai passenger takes 13.5 hours to cover the 340 km distance. Express trains cover this distance in a little over five hours. Passengers claim the train runs at an average speed of 25 km an hour.

Departing at 2.35 p.m. from Villupuram, the train arrives at Tiruchi at 8.20 p.m. After a ten-minute halt, it proceeds to reach Madurai at 4 a.m. In contrast, express trains require only two-and-a-half hours to reach Madurai from Tiruchi. And buses take about three hours.

In the return direction, however, there is a marginal improvement in speed – 31 km an hour. The only consolation is the ticket fare, which is very low – Rs. 25 from Tiruchi to Madurai and Rs.45 from Villupuram to Madurai.

While railway authorities lament about poor patronage for the passenger train, passengers squarely blame it on the time taken to cover the distance. Several of them suggest conversion of the train into a fast passenger and extending it up to Chennai.

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Old March 14th, 2009, 04:51 AM   #107
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While railway authorities lament about poor patronage for the passenger train, passengers squarely blame it on the time taken to cover the distance. Several of them suggest conversion of the train into a fast passenger and extending it up to Chennai.

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Railways dont have any rights to tell about poor patronage.

When they run the bullock cart who will travel in the train? When south TN was crying for more trains, this how railways plans to clear the rush!!
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Old March 14th, 2009, 06:08 AM   #108
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Uaeless officers are sitting in the top and ruining the country

South TN is crying for better connectivity, this is the way Railway division is acting... What to say...

If Railway division gives bonus money to the passenger whoever travelling in this train,then some of the raod side people would prefer to stay in the train instead of sleeping in the platform
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Old March 27th, 2009, 02:02 AM   #109
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Villupuram - Cuddalore New Broad Gauge - Trial Run

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Old March 28th, 2009, 07:45 AM   #110
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Trial run on broadgauge section today

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CUDDALORE: A trial run will be conducted on the newly-laid broadgauge section between Cuddalore and Villupuram on Saturday.

Southern Railway sources told The Hindu that the 120-km stretch would have 11 major bridges, 100 minor bridges, 25 level-crossings and seven stations, including Thirupadiripuliyur, Varakkalpattu, Nellikuppam, Melpattampakkam, Panruti, Thiruthuraiyur and Sendanur.

This section is part of the Villupuram-Mayiladuthurai gauge conversion project and services are likely to begin on this route by June.

The project is about a year behind schedule for various reasons.

For instance, a railway bridge across the Kollidam linking Chidambaram and Sirkazhi was posing difficulties in erecting concrete pillars owing to frequent floods.

The sources said that the Cuddalore-Villupuram section was executed by the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. However, the level-crossing on Lawrence Road in the heart of Cuddalore town remained a contentious issue.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/2009/03/28/stor...2860630800.htm
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Error in THE HINDU report as usual.

It says 120 KM between Villupuram and Cuddalore. It may be between Villupuram and Mayiladuthurai
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Old March 29th, 2009, 05:57 AM   #112
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Trial run conducted on newly laid broad gauge section

CUDDALORE: A trial run was conducted with a diesel locomotive on the newly-laid broad gauge section between Cuddalore and Villupuram on Saturday.

It was done under the supervision of officials including Chief Project Manger Pradip Gaur, Additional General Manager V.K. Reddyand Project Officer R.N. Das.

The engine was decorated with garlands and banana leaves.

The officials said that the track was good enough and services between Villupuramm and Mayiladuthurai were likely to commence from June.

Now, the focus was on providing basic amenities for passengers, they said.

At Thiruvathigai, near Panruti, the residents made a representation to the officials to set up a railway gate there.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/2009/03/29/stor...2960240800.htm
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Error in THE HINDU report as usual.

It says 120 KM between Villupuram and Cuddalore. It may be between Villupuram and Mayiladuthurai
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Old April 1st, 2009, 06:34 AM   #114
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Villupuram-Tiruchi BG section electrified

Electrification of the Villupuram-Tiruchirapalli BG section is complete and the electric traction will be available for passenger and freight traffic from the fourth week of April.

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Plan for trouble-free service on NMR

Southern Railway formulates two-pronged approach

CHENNAI: Southern Railway is preparing a long-term action plan to make the Nilgiris Mountain Railway a trouble-free service without major disruption.

According to a Southern Railway release, NMR has been carrying passengers over some of the most beautiful terrain of the Niligiris Mountain for over a century. The 46.61-km long metre gauge line, which connects Mettupalayam and Udagamandalam, is the steepest and longest mountain railway system in Asia. Maintaining and operating trains on this 100 year-old mountain railway system is a challenging task and failures do occur.

The release says recent past disruptions in service were due to failure of locomotives as well as problems on the track. As Southern Railway accords highest priority for the safe transportation of passengers, no compromise is made on this aspect. This, sometimes, may lead to cancellation of services, which often generate adverse comment from passengers.

It says in the event of an asset failure, immediate action is taken to restore the asset, ensure its proper functioning and then resume services. This is being done on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, too. A two-pronged approach, addressing both track and locomotive issues, has been formulated. The administration intends to complete track renewal on close to 17 km out of the total section, along with reconditioning of steel sleepers. New rack chairs, which are an integral part of the specialised track structure, are being manufactured in railway workshops, and will replace existing ones. The ballast by the side of the track will be subject to deep-screening and side drains cleared.

The release says Southern Railway has sanctioned manufacture of four new steam locomotives at the Golden Rock Workshop. The first of these will be available after a year or so.

Until such time, special efforts have been made to improve the stock of critical spares.

Two locomotives with oil-fired systems have been inducted into the circuit and are performing well. It is proposed to convert more locos.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/2009/05/30/stor...3060000800.htm
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Double tracks to be thrown open for traffic by July-end

MADURAI: The Madurai-Dindigul railway track doubling project is likely to be fully functional by July-end after the track between Kodaikanal Road and Madurai is cleared by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, the Madurai Divisional Railway Manager, Anil Singhal, said.

“The work (between Kodaikanal Road and Madurai) is almost over and finishing touches were being given. We are expecting the inspection by the Commissioner of Railway Safety by July first week,” Mr. Singhal told The Hindu.

The second broad gauge line would give relief to the over-utilised railway track. “It will help us improve punctuality in running of train services and also ease freight movement,” Mr. Singhal added.

However, he said the double track for just 63 km. would not help in introducing additional trains, unless double track was available in the entire section between Chennai and Madurai.

The second line between Dindigul and Kodaikanal Road has already been thrown open for rail traffic.

Mr. Singhal said lot of development works, including construction of concourse area, renovation of retiring rooms, putting up additional shelters in platforms were being taken up in Madurai railway junction.

Allocation of funds for development works for passenger amenities in Madurai division had been increased to Rs. 12 crore last year as against around Rs. 7 crore during the previous year.

Mr. Singhal said that shortage of coaches was a constraint on augmenting coaches in the Madurai-Rameswaram-Madurai passenger trains.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/2009/06/05/stor...0560720300.htm
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TN aims for the bullet in wishlist to Rlys
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CHENNAI: TN is certainly aiming to hit the fast track this year, if the wishlist for the railway budget is any indication. A bullet train between
Chennai and Madurai and also start new trains to connect southern towns with other parts of the country are just a few of the goodies that the state is planning to demand.

The demands detailing comprehensive development of railway infrastructure are included in a pre-budget memorandum submitted to the ministry by the the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TNCC&I).

It seeks new trains
, new broad gauge lines, doubling of tracks, early completion of ongoing projects, upgradation of Koodal Nagar railway station and roll back of freight tariff.

According to the memorandum, TNCC&I has urged the ministry to introduce bullet train from Chennai to Madurai, Express trains from Madurai to Quilon and Bangalore, an Express train from Rameswaram to Varanasi, extension of Jodhpur-Chennai Express via Ahemedabad to Nagercoil and introduction of a Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) train in the Virudunagar-Madurai-Dindugal route.

The chamber also wants the ministry to introduce suburban trains in Madurai to ease traffic congestion on the city's roads.

It has also asked the ministry to introduce new broad gauge projects in the Madurai-Kottayam section, Dindigul-Periyakulam-Kumuli, Madurai-Melur-Karaikudi and Pudukottai-Tanjavur sections. The chamber also wants Nagercoil-Chennai section to be doubled.

"Southern railway is unable to introduce new trains in the route because of a single line in the section. While doubling of the track between Chengelpet-Villupuram and Madurai-Dindigul have already been taken up and the Madurai-Dindigul double line is expected to be thrown open to traffic by end of July, Southern Railway should take up doubling of the broad gauge line between Villupuram and Dindigul and between Madurai and Nagercoil," said the memorandum.

The chamber also urged the ministry to complete ongoing projects like gauge conversion of Shencotta-Punalur section by 2010, and speed up conversion on the Dindigul-Pollachi and Manamadurai-Virudunagar sections.
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Rs.1,600 cr. sought for Railway projects

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CHENNAI: Southern Railway has sought Rs.1,600 crore for the current year for early completion of various ongoing projects in the State. In the interim budget presented in Parliament in February this year, the Ministry had sanctioned Rs.700 crore. In the last financial year, the State spent about Rs.1,200 crore on various projects.

A senior Southern Railway official told The Hindu that the zone had demanded another Rs.900 crore if sufficient progress was to be achieved in the current year.

In the last financial year, the zone had converted 485 km length of metre gauge line into broad gauge, laid additional broad gauge lines for 175 km, including 10 km of new lines.

The major pending projects in Tamil Nadu are, laying of new lines between Karur and Salem, Tindivanam and Tiruvannamalai, Erode and Palani, and Attipattu and Puttur; gauge conversion from Tirunelveli to Tenkasi, Manamadurai to Virudhunagar, Dindigul to Podanur via Pollachi, Madurai to Bodinayakanur, and Punalur to Senkottai; Ennore-Attipattu, Chennai Beach – Attipattu (4th line), Tiruvallur-Arakkonam (4th line), and Chengalpattu –Villupuram (doubling).


The official said in the current financial year, it was planned to complete the Salem-Namakkal portion (50 km) of the Salem-Karur new line project (85 km). For this the zone required Rs.150 crore for purchase of track materials. But, the amount sanctioned in the interim budget was meagre. The zone had written to the Ministry to sanction additional funds.

Though the Ministry had sanctioned a double line between Tambaram and Chengalpattu, the Zone had asked it to declare the section as an extension of the Chennai Beach –Tambaram suburban section so as to have dedicated lines for EMU operation.

Similarly, it wanted to extend the Chennai Central–Athipet suburban section up to Gummidipundi in view of the increasing number of suburban commuters to Chennai from Gummidipundi. The official said that the Madurai-Dindigul doubling project had been completed.

The Commissioner of Railway Safety would inspect the second line from Kodaikanal Road to Madurai on July 6 and 7. The Kodai Road–Dindigul portion of the project was over and the section had been thrown open for traffic. The completion of the project would ease congestion on the section. The current utilisation was more than 160 per cent, he added.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/06/23/stor...2360520900.htm
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The need of the hour is doubling of Chengalpattu Viluppuram section and completion and commisiioning of Viluppuram - Cuddalore-Sirkazhi-Mayavaram-Kumbakonam section. If these two are finished it would remove some traffic out of the heavily congested Viluppuram-Trichy-Madurai route. The next step must be doubling of this route.
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