The first passenger train to Palani (No. 56774)was operated on the new broad gauge line from Dindugul, after a gap of four years on Tuesday. The fare to Palani from Dindigul is Rs 10. The 59.03-km-long track between Dindigul and Palani has been converted into broad gauge at a cost of Rs 250 crore. Five major bridges and 113 minor bridges, five sub-ways have been constructed on this stretch and 53 level crossings have been renewed. project was included in the budget in 2006-07 and the section was closed for traffic in 2009 for gauge conversion. The new gauge line would provide access to rail corridors like Chennai-Madurai, Tirunelveli-Kannyakumari, and Karur-Salem corridors. It would also be useful to students, workers and traders and also help in the development of Palani region, Divisional Railway Manager A.K. Rastogi said on the occasion.

(This article was published on November 21, 2012)
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