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Southern Railway Completes Major Doubling and Gauge Conversion Projects

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1. Dedication of Double Line between Solagampatti – Thanjavur Jn.(28.75 km)

As part of doubling of track between Thanjavur – Ponmalai project taken up by RVNL, the stretch between Solagampatti – Thanjavur Junction (28.75 Km) has been completed.With the commissioning of this section, the delays due to crossings in Tiruchchirappalli – Thanjavur section would not arise thus enabling the operation of more train services.The second line would also decongest the highly saturated main line boosting both passenger and freight traffic.Significantly, the freight movement of PDS and Civil Supplies Corporation from delta regions would get a fillip as also the movement of cement traffic.The section was commissioned for traffic o­n 27th March, 2018.

The total project cost of Thanjavur – Ponmalai doubling work is Rs.350 crore covering 46.96 kms and was executed by RVNL.7 stations were covered. 16 major bridges and 83 minor bridges were constructed in the section.2 Foot over Bridges have been newly constructed while 1 FOB has been extended.All the stations have been provided with additional passenger amenities.

The section is also being electrified simultaneously as part of the Tiruchchirappalli – Thanjavur – Tiruvarur – Karaikal Electrification Project.

2.Dedication of the Third Line between Ponmalai – Tiruchchirappalli (2 km)

The newly constructed electrified third line between between Ponmalai Golden Rock station and Tiruchchirappalli (2 km) is also ready for commissioning.This project is part of the Villupuram – Dindigul Doubling Project by RVNL completed at a total cost of Rs.1600 crores.The delay due to crossings in the highly saturated Ponmalai - Tiruchchirappalli section will be minimised o­n commissioning of the third line.

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