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Blog Entry# 3967082
Posted: Nov 03 2018 (09:47)

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Nov 03 2018 (09:47)   Southern Railway again mulls trains to north India from Tambaram

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CHENNAI: Southern Railway has dusted off plans to run express trains to the north, west and east of India from Tambaram, the city’s third terminus, to reduce the load on Chennai Central.This move would help thousandsof citizensliving in the southern suburbs of Chennai as they would no longer need to take a bus or suburban train to Chennai Central to catch a train to Kolkata, Delhi or Bhopal. The trains would start from Tambaram, touch Egmore and get to the north-eastern line through Chennai Beach. Currently, some trains bound to the southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been shifted to Tambaram from Egmore.This Diwali an unreserved special will run from Tambaram to Coimbatore via Egmore and Beach.Discussions on the plan were held at the Southern Railway headquarters on Monday with Railway Board Member Traffic Girish Pillai, who also visited Tambaram for an inspection.During the discussion, senior officials pointed out...
there were only three lines between Chennai Beach and Egmore, which could prove a roadblock. Two of the lines were used for running suburban trains between Beach and Tambaram/Chengalpet, while the third line was used for express and freight trains. The railways needed another line on the Egmore-Beach section for smooth operation of north-bound trains from Tambaram, officials said.“We have already sent this proposal to Railway Board. The major work would be of land acquisition,” said Naveen Gulati, Chennai Divisional Railway Manager.Other sources in the Southern Railway headquarters said land acquisition would be a thorny issue as the state government would have to part with land belonging to the Madras Medical College near Park Town station.Sources said that till then, Pillai had advised Souterhn Railway to increase the speed of express trains to 50 kmph on the Egmore-Beach section so that more of them could be run. The operations department had also been asked to tighten other parameters to make this feasible.In addition, Pillai advised Southern Railway to create another additional platform at Egmore by re-aligning the Gopalapuram yard, even if they had to sacrifice a shorter length platform.During the inspection on Monday, Pillai was apprised of the foot-over-bridge on platform one and two of Tambaram station, which was an infringement. It was being corrected by Chennai division; Pillai instructed the works to be carried out on priority basis and the place barricaded to avoid injury to passengers.

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