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Trains may not be speeded up in Southern Railway citing "Safety considerations"

Rail passengers travelling to Southern Tamil Nadu from Chennai will have all the reasons to feel disappointed when revision of rail time table is announced next month since there may not be substantial reduction in journey time in the trains running in this sector despite toning up of railway infrastructure.

The time table listing the timing of trains will be released October as part an an annual exercise by the Zonal railways.

According to indications available now there will be minimal speeding up of trains in this sector by the Southern Railway though the work on the electrified double track between Chennai Egmore and Madurai is expected to be completed next month by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited.

Southern Railway sources said there will be hardly 20 minute reduction in journey time for the long distant Kanyakumari express, the train covering the entire length of the state, a distance of nearly 650 kilometers. The journey time of the prestigious Pandyan express to Madurai is expected to see a reduction of half an hour.

Officials maintain the safety consideration in view of increase in rail accidents in Uttar Pradesh has been cited as one of the reasons for not permitting the speeding up of trains in deep South. Another reason cited is the demand by some passenger associations of Tiruchirapalli that trains reaching that town should be at comfortable time for the passengers.

A spokesman of the southern railway had cited lack of completion of track doubling between Villupuram and Dindigul and lack of terminal space in Chennai as the prime reasons coming in the way of speeding up of trains last year.These reasons do not hold any longer

With track doubling project up to Madurai is expected to be completed by next month and the commissioning of the third terminal at Tambaram, the railways should not have any problem in speeding up trains.

Describing this as an act of discrimination by the southern railway, an official of the passenger association pointed out that the superfast Vaigai Express between Chennai Egmore and Madurai took eight hours to complete the journey of 450 kilometers when the section had a single meter gauge track. The train then had to stop at several railway stations midway for crossings.

The super fast train takes the same time to cover the distance between Chennai and Madurai ten years later when electrified double track has been commissioned in almost the entire distance. This meant about Rs five thousand crore investment in doubling of track and electrification has not made any difference to the quality of service provided by the railways, the official said.


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