Aug 4, 2017

Indian Railways: Doubling of 3 Railway Lines with Electrification Approved To Meet Demands for Additional Trains

Indian Railways
The Indian Railways has also received demands for the introduction of additional trains for this area to serve the local people, the ever increasing tourists desiring to visit the area and the traffic originating to/from Ports.

New Delhi, August 3: In a bid to speed up the operation of goods and coaching trains to increase in traffic in future, the Cabinet Committee chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for the construction of double line with electrification between various stations across the nation. On Wednesday, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the construction of double line with electrification between Vanchi-Maniyachchi- Nagercoil via Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, between Madurai-Vanchi and Maniyachchi-Tuticorin and between Thiruvananthapuram and Kanniyakumari.
Electrification between Vanchi-Maniyachchi-Nagercoil via Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu
The Vanchi-Maniyachchi- Nagercoil via Tirunelveli is an important trunk route serving Southern end of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The section is heavily passenger oriented which also serve the goods traffic from nearby ports. Present line capacity of the section has already gone beyond 90% which is causing detention to the moving trains.
The Cabinet Committee has approved the construction of double line with electrification between Vanchi-Maniyachchi- Nagercoil via Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu which has a total length of the line of 102 km.
The estimated cost of the Project will be Rs.1003.94 crore and completion cost of Rs.1114.62 crore with 5% escalation per annum.
The project is likely to be completed in four years by 2020-21. The project will generate direct employment during construction for 24.48 lakh mandays.
The project would not only speed up the operation of goods and coaching trains, but also provide additional capacity for meeting the increase in traffic in future.
Line capacity of this route needs to be enhanced to meet the demands for additional trains and smooth movement of trains through the route. Hence, doubling of Vanchi-Maniyachchi- Nagercoil via Tirunelveli with electrification needs to be taken up.
Electrification between Madurai-Vanchi and Maniyachchi-Tuticorin
The Cabinet Committee has also approved the construction of double line with electrification between Madurai-Vanchi and Maniyachchi-Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.
The total length of the line will be 160 km. The estimated cost of the Project will be Rs.1182.31 crore and completion cost of Rs.1272.51 crore with 5% escalation per annum.
The project is likely to be completed in four years by 2020-21. The project will generate direct employment during construction for 38.40 lakh mandays.
The project would not only speed up the operation of goods and coaching trains, but also provide additional capacity for meeting the increase in traffic in future.

The Indian Railways has also received demands for the introduction of additional trains for this area to serve the local people, the ever increasing tourists desiring to visit the area and the traffic originating to/from Ports. Present Line Capacity utilisation of the section on trunk route is 106% which is likely to increase to 154% in next four years. This would cause detention to passenger and goods trains on trunk route and that originating to/from Tuticorin Port in future if the double line is not provided on this 160 km section. Hence, doubling of Madurai-Vanchi Maniyachchi-Tuticorin with electrification needs to be taken up.
Electrification between Thiruvananthapuram and Kanniyakumari

The Cabinet Committee has also approved the construction of double line with electrification between Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and Kanniyakumari in Tamil Nadu. The total length of the line will be 86.56 km while the estimated cost of the Project will be Rs.1431.90 crore and completion cost of Rs.1552.94 crore with 5% escalation per annum. The project is likely to be completed in four years by 2020-21. The project will generate direct employment during construction for 20.77 lakh mandays. The project would not only speed up the operation of goods and coaching trains, but also provide additional capacity for meeting the increase in traffic in future.

The section is heavily passenger oriented which also serve the goods traffic from nearby ports. Operations from Vizhinjam port is likely to start by 2019 and 30% of its gateway traffic is likely to be handled by Railways. Present line capacity of Thiruvananthapuram-Nagarcoil section of this route has already saturated which is causing heavy detention to trains moving towards Kanniyakumari and Chennai.

The IRCTC manages all catering services on all mobile units while all meals for all mobile units will be picked up from the nominated kitchens owned, operated and managed by IRCTC. It has to be noted that the IRCTC will engage service providers for the hospitality industry for service of food in trains. IRCTC shall not outrightly outsource or issue licenses for provision of catering services to private licensees and shall retain the ownership and shall be fully accountable for all the issues pertaining to setting up and operation of the Base Kitchens and quality of food.
Source - India