Published on : Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The Electrified Double Line between Kalpattichatram and Tamaraipadi railway stations (25.44 km) is a part of Villupuram – Dindigul (270 km) doubling with electrification project and the last stretch to be completed.
With the commissioning of this section, the entire stretch between Chennai and Madurai will have electrified double line.
The Villupuram – Dindigul project was completed by RVNL at a cost of Rs 1,600 crore covering 270.15 km. CRS inspection on the Kalpattichatram – Tamaraipadi section was carried out on March 13 and 14 and the section was opened for traffic on March 30, 2018.
The electrified double line between Chennai and Madurai would ease congestion in the chord line section and pave the way for operation of more services. There would be substantial reduction in travel time also.
There are a total of 43 stations in the Villupuram – Dindigul project including four junction stations. As many as 52 major bridges and 576 minor bridges are constructed in the section.
There are eighteen stations were revamped and additional facilities are provided while in 19 stations including 3 halts, existing buildings were refurbished. The New Aryankavu – Edamann stretch (21 km) is a part of the Sengottai – Punalur section of Kollam – Tirunelveli – Tiruchendur & Tenkasi – Virudunagar Gauge Conversion (357 km) project.
The section traverses through the Kollam district of Kerala and would give a fillip to the connectivity between Tamil Nadu and Kerala states thus playing a pivotal role in boosting the economy of South India, Southern Railway said.
Commissioning of this stretch in Southern Railways will provide an alternative route for travel between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This picturesque section will also draw more tourists and rail enthusiasts from all over the country.
The rail route includes a heritage 13-arch bridge along the 49km-long railway line from Punalur to Sengottai, commissioned in 1903.
The bridge measuring around 102.72 meters in length and 5.18 meters in height was constructed using the ancient Surki method by the British. It is now strengthened using concrete jacketing and the heritage look will be artificially created by fixing the walls with tiles resembling the old construction blocks.