Night train proposed between Coimbatore, Madurai via Pollachi

Raising hopes of improving train connectivity with southern districts, the Salem Division of the Southern Railway has proposed to operate two trains through Coimbatore-Pollachi route.
Night train proposed between Coimbatore, Madurai via Pollachi
A file photo of a train running on Pollachi route

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 This positive development comes more than two years after the route was broad-gauged. It has been a long-time demand from public to resume trains operated to southern districts, when the track was metre-gauge eightyears ago.

“More than 10 train services on the Coimbatore–Pollachi–Udumalpet–Palani– Madurai metre-gauge section were suspended in 2009 and the works for converting the sector into broad-gauge line commenced in 2010,” M Jameel Ahamed, chairman of the Coimbatore Rail Users Welfare Association and member of the Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRECC), said.

Resumption of train services got delayed as it took longer than expected to fence a three-kilometre stretch near Kinathukadavu, where the track was laid by cutting through rocks, to prevent boulders from rolling onto the track. Hence, only a single passenger train to Madurai from Coimbatore was run through the Pollachi section so far.

A senior railway official said that the division has proposed to run an overnight daily train from Coimbatore to Rameswaram through Pollachi, Dindugul and Madurai. Also a day-time fast-passenger train has been proposed to Thoothukudi.

In addition to them, the Salem Division has also proposed an overnight train to Bangalore through Salem and Tirupattur. It is meant to cater to the needs of a large population of software professionals, students and industrialists bound to Bangalore.

Moreover, the officials have recommended another Antyodaya Express train to Guwahati to cater to the needs of labourers from north eastern and eastern states employed primarily in hosiery factories in Tirupur. It has also been proposed to extend the Mangalore-Coimbatore Express traintill Mettupalayam.

“The proposal has been sent to the Southern Railways following a meeting with MPs of this region. Once we get the nod, new trains will be operated on these routes,” said a senior official.

The Salem Division has sought for 36 technicians and three supervisors in order to run these new trains.

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