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Blog Entry# 2357910
Posted: Jul 20 2017 (15:29)

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Jul 20 2017 (05:53)   Kerala pitches for Peninsular Rly. Zone headquartered at Ernakulam

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State may lose Mangaluru railway region if demand is met
The State may lose Mangaluru Railway Region, which is now being sought to be brought either under the Konkan Railway or the South Western Railway, as Kerala has made strong bid for formation of a railway zone.
Two major railway stations, Mangaluru Central and Mangaluru Junction of Mangaluru railway region, are now under the Palakkad Division of Southern Railway.
lines connecting Mangaluru to the rest of the State and Mumbai just after Mangaluru Junction fall under Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. (KRCL) towards Mumbai and South Western Railway, towards Hassan and Bengaluru.
People in the coastal region have been demanding that Mangaluru railway region be brought under either KRCL or South Western Railway for the overall development of rail infrastructure in the coastal region. Activists have alleged that people have to struggle to get train connectivity to other parts of the State because of Southern Railway’s “apathy”.
In fact, the High Court of Karnataka recently took cognisance of a public interest writ petition seeking including 24 km of railway line between Thokur and Mangaluru Junction under KRCL, as envisaged when KRCL was formed by Parliament.
Peninsular Zone
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Public Works Minister G. Sudhakaran recently wrote letters to the Prime Minister and the Railway Minister seeking the formation of Peninsular Railway Zone headquartered at Ernakulam.
Mr. Sudhakaran, in his letter said, “The Peninsular Zone could have jurisdiction from Kanyakumari to Mangalore.”
The Ministers said that lobbying was in full swing to separate Thiruvanantha-puram-Tirunelveli and Nagercoil-Kanyakumari lines from the Thiruvananthapuram Division of Southern Railway and bring them under the Madurai Division of Southern Railway.
If it materialises, rail infrastructure development in Kerala would take a further hit, they said.
Just as the people of the coastal region cry injustice in infrastructure development and train connectivity, residents of Kanyakumari and Nagercoil region have been alleging step-motherly treatment at the hands of the Thiruvananthapuram Division.
Kanyakumari District Railway Users Association has said that many north-bound trains are run via Kerala forcing residents of south Tamil Nadu to travel an extra 200 km as the region is administered by Thiruvananthapuram Division.

Jul 20 2017 (15:29)
a2z~   2780 blog posts
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* Most probably, both the Kerala Ministers very well know that new Rly HQ shall not be granted, still they are writing to impress the people of their state/constituency
* It is true that presence of zonal/divisional HQs is always pampered with many new trains, projects, investments. It should be mandatory to have traffic study by reputed agencies/experts and suggest new trains, new rail lines etc.
* The Divisions should directly controlled from Delhi and all the zonal HQs should be scrapped. The demand for zones shall be over. All the
divisional HQs shall become powerful like zones.
* A redrawing of boundaries of division should be done throughout IR to make Rly operation more rational. Eg. Shifting of Manglore station to SWR or KR, under construction Naya Raipur Rly station to SECR etc

Jul 20 2017 (15:45)
vikramamin   73 blog posts
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Pls note no more zones will be formed. For making a zone huge budgetary allocations has to be kept. I agree that there are issues in many zones being favourable to the respective states etc. Thiruvanthapuram Division has some issues with Nagercoil region and all Kerala bound trains are dumped in Mangalore central. Mangalore Central don't have trains towards Hubli, Gulbarga, Bidar etc. There must be realignment in the divisions which will be favourable and i don't think so if some areas are move to Madurai division will make any impact on Thiruvanthapuram Division or by handing over Mangalore area to KR from the current Palghat Division. Pls note no divisions will be winded up by doing this. This notion must be erased. Basically Palghat and Trivanthapuram divisions must have more pit lanes in their areas. Kasargod Station must have pit lanes which is lacking as of now. If politicians...
make their mind then it can happen but that is lacking. If this happen then the current load on Mangalore Central and Mangalore junction can be reduced.

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