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Dec 14 2016 (15:44)  Coaching terminal at Nemom likely to be a reality (www.thehindu.com)
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Project included in proposed Works Programme 2017-18 of Railways
The coaching terminal proposed on 12.14 hectares of land owned by Railways at Nemom, aimed at decongesting Thiruvananthapuram Central, is set to become a reality with the much-delayed project making it to the proposed Works Programme 2017-18 of Railways.
The third railway line from Ernakulam to Shoranur has also found a place on the list of the proposed Works Programme. The government is pushing for the third line in view of the proposal to create an industrial corridor from Ernakulam to Shoranur.
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inclusion of the coaching terminal has come as a surprise as the project was almost shelved with Railways taking the stance that the land adjacent to the Nemom station is “not geographically suitable.” The Rs.250-crore project had figured in the 2008 and 2011 Railway budgets.
The inability to bring new mail and express trains to the capital and the pressure exerted by BJP legislator and former Union Minister for Railways O. Rajgopal, who represents the Nemom Assembly constituency, had led to a change of stance.
The coaching terminal at Nemom had been mooted taking into account the lack of platforms to handle trains at Thiruvananthapuram Central and the satellite terminal at Kochuveli. Thiruvananthapuram Central is handling two-and-a-half times its sanctioned capacity and the Thiruvananthapuram-Kochuveli line has become choked.
As the land available (12.14 ha ) is in the shape of a triangle, another 28.33 ha needs to be acquired. The cash-strapped Railways is, however, going ahead with a truncated Rs.65 crore coaching terminal as it cannot afford to mobilise Rs.250 crore, the bulk of which is needed for land acquisition.
Divisional Railway Manager Prakash Butani told The Hindu that the new plan had been forwarded from Southern Railway headquarters, Chennai, to the Railway Board for perusal.
“It has to figure in the budget so that we can commence the project. The focus at Nemom will be on stabling lines as they can be used to shift the parked rakes from the Central station and use them for train operations,” he said.
Modelled on the lines of the Basin Bridge Coaching Depot in Chennai, Railways are to set up 10 pit lines to take care of the maintenance of 30 trains; 12 stabling lines; sick lines; and quarters for personnel at Nemom as per the original plan.
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