New Karaikal-Peralam wide gauge railway line project awaits release of funds

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The Railway Council sanctioned 177.69 crore in early 2019 for the 23 km stretch

The Southern Railway Construction Organization is now awaiting the release of funds for the project to lay a new wide gauge railway line from the port city of Karaikal to Peralam via Thirunallar. Sources said preparatory work has already been completed and agencies have been identified for the project.

The Railway Council sanctioned 177.69 crore in early 2019 for laying a new railway line on the 23 km stretch from Karaikal to Peralam. Therefore, the Southern Railway Construction Organization, responsible for executing the project, identified an agency to perform soil tests along the stretch. He had also issued tenders to identify agencies to carry out the laying of the railway line, the construction of major and minor bridges and four station buildings along the way. Railway sources say soil tests were carried out along the stretch and a report was expected from the agency. Soil analyzes are essential to finalize the type of foundation to be laid for the construction of bridges.

All other preparatory work related to the proposed implementation of the project has also been completed. The yard designs and plans were also prepared for the proposed project. The project requires approximately four hectares of land for acquisition near Peralam as there will be a slight change in the new route of the proposed railway line. The plan was to build four stations along the route at Tirunallar, Koilpathu, Pathakudi and Ambagarathur. A major bridge and 77 minor bridges would be built on the section.

“The project must be started as soon as possible and completed quickly. This would provide rail connectivity to the temple city of Tirunallar visited by many devotees, ”said VR Dhanaseelane, president of the Association for the Welfare of Rail Users of Karaikal District.

A metric gauge line existed from Karaikal to Peralam several years ago and was dismantled in the mid-1980s, resulting in the suspension of passenger train services since then. Rail travelers in and around Karaikal have long demanded the restoration of the line as it is a shorter route to reach Mayiladuthurai from Karaikal instead of detouring through Nagore, Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur, which is the case. currently for trains going to Karaikal.

The sanction of the project by the Railway Board has delighted rail travelers as it paves the way for the relaunch of the rail link that would transform Peralam into a railway junction since the station is located along the wide-gauge section Mayiladuthurai – Tiruvarur.

Railway officials hope that the funds will be released as soon as possible, which would allow the project to start. “If the allocation of funds arrives, the project could be completed in a year and a half,” said a railway official.

The new line would allow the transport of coal, iron ore and fertilizer from the port of Karaikal to other destinations via Mayiladuthurai and Peralam instead of taking the bypass route via Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur, thus reducing time and consumption. fuel for diesel locomotives.


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