Railways begin land survey for Ariyalur-Namakkal line

The construction wing of the SR has begun land survey for laying a new broad gauge line for 108-km connecting Ariyalur with Namakkal, via Perambalur, Thuraiyur and Thathaiyengarpet.

Published: 23rd August 2018 03:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd August 2018 03:09 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The construction wing of the SR has begun a land survey for laying a new broad gauge line for 108-km connecting Ariyalur with Namakkal, via Perambalur, Thuraiyur and Thathaiyengarpet.
The proposed line is expected to provide connectivity for Perambalur district. In its recent order, the railway board has communicated to SR that Rs 16.5 lakh has been sanctioned to conduct the survey.

“We will be assessing the tentative route of the line along with the quantum of land required for the project. In addition, freight and passenger traffic potential, classification of land and rate of return for the project would also be studied,” said an official from the construction wing. Presently, with no direct train connectivity, the people of Perambalur district travel up to Tiruchy or Ariyalur to take trains.

The proposed new line will connect Perambalar and Namakkal districts with Chennai - Madurai chord line thereby creating an alternative route linking Namakkal with Chennai.“Presently, Chennai - Namakkal section gets connected via Katpadi, Jolarpet and Salem station. The proposed new line would provide connectivity between Chennai Egmore and Namakkal via Villupuram and Ariyalur. In addition, if the proposed route is extended up to Erode it will provide second rail route to Western Tamil Nadu,” said railway sources.

The Chennai Egmore - Madurai chord line and Chennai Central - Salem line are linked through various routes, including Arakkonam - Kancheepuram - Chengalpattu section, Katpadi - Vellore - Tiruvannamalai - Villupuram, Erode - Karur - Dindigul, Vriddhachalam -Attur - Salem, Tiruchy - Karur - Namakkal - Salem and Dindigul - Karur - Namakkal - Salem.


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  • Narendran

    When the thuraiyur project will start?
    3 years ago reply
  • Karthi

    Why they missed Musiri?
    3 years ago reply
  • Sumugan

    Why Vellore city stations are not mentioned as like Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore,kindly requesting to mention it as Vellore Cantonment and Vellore Katpadi both are in corporation limits Need of the hour Indian Railway should change Katpadi Junction has Vellore Katpadi Junction or Vellore City Junction coz Vellore has been chosen in Smart City projects for its Medical Tourism , to boom the tourism City name is very important .
    3 years ago reply
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