Emerges the second highest grosser for the south zone.

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Thiruvananthapuram, April 19

The Thiruvananthapuram Railway Division has become the second highest grosser for the south zone during 2009-10 earning Rs 836.88 crore. This compares with Rs 755.66 crore of the previous year, according to Mr Rajiv Dutt Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager.

In terms of passengers carried, 2009-10 notched up a figure of 98.1 million compared with 95.9 million in 2008-09, and the earnings were Rs 546.06 crore. Freight traffic earned the division Rs 321.43 crore, Mr Sharma told newspersons here.

THIRD LINE

A third line is to be laid between Thiruvananthapuram central and Kochuveli as part of the plan to decongest Thiruvananthapuram central and to handle more long-distance trains.

According to Mr Sharma, a third line along the seven-km stretch from the Thiruvananthapuram Central to the satellite terminal at Kochuveli has been mooted in view of the delay in commencing the proposed operating centre at Nemom.

The rail over-bridges enroute to Kochuveli has adequate space to accommodate two more railway lines. A detailed survey would need to be carried out to identify possible stretches where land acquisition could pose a bother.

The proposal is to close down two-three pit lines in the central station and to construct platforms for receiving and dispatching trains. In addition to the two pit lines coming up and the existing one, a third one will be constructed at Kochuveli. Trains that terminate at the central station will be taken to Kochuveli through the third line for coaching activities.

NEW LAND

An intermediate block section, a signalling system, has been proposed at the Pettah railway station to ensure that the trains do not get stranded at outer central station. This would also allow handling of two trains along the stretch to Thiruvananthapuram central stretch at a time.

Given the odd bearing of the existing 12.14 hectares of land at Nemom, another 28.33 hectares of land would need to be acquired along the track for setting up the operating centre.

“We have already written to the State for acquiring land and the master plan has been forwarded to the railway headquarters,” Mr Sharma said.

The proposed operating centre will be modelled on the lines of the Basin Bridge Coaching Depot in Chennai. Ten pit lines are being proposed to take care of the maintenance of 30 trains at Nemom, apart from 12 stabling lines, sick lines and quarters for railway personnel.

CROSSED CAPACITY

The line capacity has crossed 100 per cent in almost all places under the division and terminals are being utilised to above normal capacity. The division handles 120 trains and carries about 2.20 lakh passengers daily but finds itself short of pit lines, stabling lines, platform lines and path for trains.

The second phase of the Kochuveli terminal is in progress and is expected to be completed during the next financial year. Electrification of the Thiruvananthapuram-Kanyakumari stretch had begun, which will be completed within one year, Mr Sharma said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated April 20, 2010)
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