The track doubling cum electrification of
Madurai-Tuticorin-Tirunelveli section of the Southern railway will be completed
in the next four months according to Top railway sources.
Vikas Nigam which is implementing the project from 2018 said funds are no
The sources talking to Sagar Sandesh the official
said the project till Nagerkovil will be commissioned by August 2023 going by
the current pace of work in the Rs 3500 crore project. The Rail Vikas Nigam
which is implementing the project from 2018 said funds are no constraint in
implementing the project and that all land acquisition issues have been sorted
Once this project is completed by August 2023,
Chennai Egmore Kanyakumari railway will have double tracks fully electrified,
capable on running trains at an average speed of 110 kilometers per hour.
Modernization of signaling in this 700 kilometer track covering the entire
length of Tamil Nadu is also under consideration of the Southern railway. Super
fast trains could cover this distance in about seven hours as against ten hours
Total cost of doubling of railway tracks and
electrification in Madurai Tuticorin section works out to Rs 1890 crores and
between Maniyachi and Nagerkovil Rs 1752 crores.
Simultaneously work is on doubling and
electrification to Kannyakumari and Tiruvananthapuram section via Nagerkovil is
on. The project is delayed considerably since land acquisition is a major
problem in Kerala. This railway line will provide connectivity to Vizhinjam
port under construction at Balaramapuram.