23 March 2017


Inspection of newly converted BG line between Pollachi and Podanur by Commissioner for Railway Safety on 23.03.2017 and 24.03.2017

Sri K.A. Manoharan, Commissioner for Railway Safety, Southern Circle, Bangaluru, will be conducting inspection of the newly converted BG line between Pollachi and Podanur, on 23.03.2017 and 24.03.2017. He will be accompanied by Sri E. Srinivas, Dy. Commissioner for Railway Safety, Sri. L. Sudhakar Rao, Chief Administrative Officer, Construction, Southern Railway, Sri Prafulla Verma, Chief Engineer, Construction, Southern Railway, Sri M. Elavarasan, Chief Signal & Telecommunications Engineer, Southern Railway, Sri Hari Shankar Verma, DRM, Salem, Sri Naresh Lalwani, DRM, Palakkad, and Sri R. Ramakrishnan, Dy. Chief Engineer, Construction, Podanur, along with other Southern Railway, Salem Division and Palakkad Division officials.

He will be conducting inspection by motor trolley on 23.03.2017 (between 10.30 hrs. and 15.00 hrs. approx) from Pollachi to Kinathukadavu. On 24.03.2017, he will be conducting Motor Trolley Inspection between Kinatthukkadavu and Pollachi (from 10.00 hrs. to 14.00 hrs. approx) and will carry out speed trials (between 15.30 hrs and 17.30 hrs approx) between Podanur and Pollachi, using diesel locomotive and coaches. Hence, it is requested that public may please avoid coming near the track between Pollachi and Podanur during these timings.

The track between Pollachi and Podanur has been converted from MG to BG for a distance of 40 kms at a cost of Rs. 340 crores, starting the work from 2010. The works for the BG line has been carried out through rocky areas for a distance of about 4 kms using deep cutting method. 110 bridges, both Road Over Bridge (ROB) and Limited Use Subway (LUS), have been constructed in the new line. There were 37 LC gates, both manned and unmanned, in the erstwhile MG section that has been brought down to 14 LCs now, by construction ROB and LUS. Of these 14 LCs, 3 more are planned to be closed along with 1 unmanned LC, within 3 months. The new BG line will provide vital rail link from Coimbatore to Southern cities, such as Palani, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Rameswaram and Nagercoil, that will reduce the travelling time to a great extent between Coimbatore and these places.