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Posted: Aug 30 2016 (10:38)

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Aug 29 2016 (19:57)   Tiruvarur-Karaikudi gauge conversion work lags
 

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Trichy: The Tiruvarur-Pattukottai-Aranthangi-Karaikudi railway section gauge conversion work, which was taken up by the railway construction wing four years ago, is causing much inconvenience to thousands of commuters residing along the stretch.
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Passengers have expressed displeasure over the inordinate delay in completing the project within the stipulated four years. Railway authorities are saying the project will take two more years to complete, even though work has gathered pace in recent days. This was the last meter gauge section that was taken up for the conversion in 2012.
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The 168-km section passing through Thiruthuraipoondi, Muthupettai, Adhirampattinam, Pattukottai, Peravurani, Aranthangi was established in October 20, 1902. Traffic on the section was closed in October 19, 2012 to take up gauge conversion work. The Tiruvarur-Pattukottai passenger was the last train that was operated on the stretch. Southern railway's construction wing took up the work at an estimated cost of Rs 507 crore.
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Passengers residing along the section had been using the main line to reach Chennai for more than 110 years. The railings and sleeper blocks had been removed from the existing stretch. Along with track laying work, construction of new station buildings and other developmental work, including widening of small culverts and construction of new bridges, were also undertaken. However, the work was proceeding at a snail pace, reportedly due to funds crunch. Even after the scheduled four years, hardly 50 per cent of the work has been completed so far.
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According to officials, a total of 28 major bridges and 250 culverts have to be constructed. Of these, more than 50 per cent of the work has been completed, they said.
RS Saravanan, a resident of Pattukottai in Thanjavur district, said he had been travelling along this main line to Chennai for many years. For the past four years, commuting has been an ordeal for him.
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"Since there is no proper train connectivity, people residing along the section are forced to use private buses for travelling to Chennai. As many as 100 moffusil buses are being operated to Chennai from these area, to tap the good patronage. If we opt for train to reach the destination, we have to travel either to Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai or Trichy. However, we thought that the ordeal would come to an end soon. But it seems there is no sign of that," he said.
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The Pattukottai-Thanjavur new line, announced 35 years back and proposed to be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 120 crore, also remaining only on paper, he further said. It would be more convenient for the commuters if Pattukottai-Thanjavur new line project would be executed along with the conversion work, he added.
Meanwhile, a senior official from the construction wing said the work was delayed due to funds crunch. However, he hoped it would be completed before March 209, now that it has gathered pace.

  
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