Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal yesterday inaugurated and dedicated a host of infrastructure projects, projects related to passenger amenities and facilities at various railway stations across the country through video conferencing.
Mr Goyal dedicated 88 Railway projects to the Nation worth more than Rs 1000 crore making Indian Railways future-ready. Various dignitaries were also present on this occasion at different locations.
Details of the projects:-
In Kerala, Foot Over Bridges have been provided three locations at a total cost of Rs 9.56 Crore at Kollam, Kundara and Kochuveli. These foot over bridges will enhance the mobility of passengers and ease crowd dispersal at these important stations. Lifts have been provided at Kanhangad and Aluva at a total cost of Rs 1.60 Crore. In order to reinforce the safety of passengers at railway stations, state-of-the-art Video Surveillance Systems have been installed at 15 locations with a total cost of Rs 9.45 Crore. With Central monitoring system at Chennai, railway stations such as Alleppey, Aluva, Chengannur, Ernakulam Town, Kayankulam, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, Badagara, Kannur, Kasaragod, Palakkad Jn, Tirur, Thalassery, Kanhangad and Payyanur will be equipped with Video Surveillance Systems. At two stations in Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram Central and Thrissur, Airport type illumination of covered Platforms has been provided at a total cost of Rs 42 lakhs. Platform raising works have been completed at Tanur at a cost of Rs 1.39 Crore for ease of boarding and deboarding of passengers, especially the elderly and divyangjan passengers. As an energy-efficient and power-saving measure, 100 Kwp Solar Plants have been commissioned in Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram at a cost of Rs 42 lakhs.
For the convenience and safety of passengers, Foot Over Bridges have been provided at 10 locations in Tamil Nadu at a total cost of Rs 23.32 Crore at Ambattur, Arakkonam, Elavur, Mambalam, Mettupalayam, Tiruppur, Gangaikondan, Kadayanallur, Nagercoil Jn, Vanchi Maniyachchi. These foot over bridges will enhance the mobility of passengers and ease crowd dispersal at these important stations minimizing the chances of mishap. To enable hassle-free access to Platforms and other areas of railways stations, Escalators have been commissioned at 6 stations in Tamil Nadu, namely, Egmore, Mambalam, Tambaram, Tiruvallur, Erode, Thanjavur a total cost of Rs.16.61 crore. Lift facilities at a total cost of Rs 2.38 Crore have been provided at Coimbatore Jn and Nagercoil Jn railway stations. For better surveillance of railway stations, Video Surveillance Systems that take the aid of cutting-edge technologies, have been provided at 18 locations with a total cost of 10.01 Crore. Video Surveillance Systems have been installed at Chengalpattu, Thiruvallur, Erode, Salem, Kanniyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Mayiladuthurai, Thanjavur, Villupuram and 8 other stations in Tamil Nadu with Central Monitoring System in Chennai. At various other stations in Tamil Nadu, improved passenger amenities have been provided at a total cost of Rs.4 Cr – Multi-level two-wheeler parking at Katpadi, Double discharge Platform at Guindy, Second Entry Circulating Area and Booking Office at Arakkonam, PRS centre and Station building at Nagercoil Town and Passenger convenience facility with ATM complex at Madurai, to mention a few.
A project involving the doubling of lines dedicated between Gubbi-Nittur (9 Km) stretch is part of the doubling project between Arsikere and Tumakuru (96 Km) on the Bengaluru-Hubballi line between Tumakuru and Arsikere. Arsikere and Tumakuru project was sanctioned in 2015-16 at a cost of Rs 783 crore. Doubling of the Railway track in this section will increase the line capacity of the important line connecting Bengaluru to Hubballi, Belagavi, Mumbai etc., traversing all interior districts of Karnataka and enable faster movement of trains and improve intercity connectivity. The section between Gubbi and Nittur has been doubled at a cost of Rs 75.5 crore. Along with doubling, 2 Major bridges and 15 Minor bridges have been constructed. Additional passenger amenities have been provided at Gubbi and Nittur Railway station. Platform shelter, High-level platforms, Foot over bridge, toilets, benches and water booths have been constructed at Gubbi and Nittur along with doubling. Doubling of lines between Chikkodi and Raybag (14 Km) stretch is part of the doubling project between Londa and Miraj on the Hubballi-Miraj line between Londa and Miraj. Londa and Miraj (186 Km) doubling was sanctioned in the year 2015-16 at a cost of Rs 1191 crore. Doubling of the Railway track in this section will increase the line capacity of the important line connecting Bengaluru to Hubballi, Belagavi, Mumbai etc., traversing all interior districts of Karnataka. It will enable faster movement of trains and improve intercity connectivity. New Station Building has been provided at Raybag Railway Station along with the doubling with upgraded passenger amenities. At Raybag Station following facilities have been provided:- Two New Platforms, One Foot Over Bridge, Circulating area, AC Waiting Hall, Handling of train operations has been optimized with the provision of the latest Signalling system and indigenously developed state of the art electronic interlocking.
To provide convenience to Divyang, old aged and ailing passenger, three lifts have been installed on platform no. 1,2/3 and 4 of Gwalior Station with a cost of 92 lac. Moreover, to modernize Gwalior station, Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. has undertaken redevelopment work. Under this redevelopment, Gwalior Stations is being converted into a world-class transport centre to give a better travel experience to passengers. This redevelopment will give a boost to tourism, generate employment and will give rise to socio-economic development. Electrification of Ratlam-Chittorgarh rail section: Presently, trains are being run by a diesel engine in this 189.46 km rail section which requires extra time to change loco from Ratlam. After electrification of this section, trains will be run by electric loco which will eliminate extra time in changing of locos and trains will run with high speed without hindrance and passengers and goods trains will reach their destinations in a short time. Electrification of the Ratlam-Chittorgarh section will save diesel and will contribute to green energy. Conversion from diesel to electric traction of this section will also save 27.54 crores per year. This electrification has been done at the cost of 205.44 crores. Teegaon to Chichonda 3rd Ghat line (17 Km) project which has been categorized as supercritical, has been completed and commissioned in December 2020. It has a ruling gradient of 1 in 65, the sharpest curve is 4.95 degree, the maximum depth of rock cutting is 22.75 meter and the maximum height of the bank is 16.13 meter. The commissioning of the section involved major yard remodelling at Chichonda and Teegaon yards. Due to the steep gradient, catch cum slip siding has been provided at Gudankhapa and Teegaon yard. Commissioning of this project has helped to augment more trains in the ghat section. Provision of lifts at Betul and Pandhurna stations will help the Divyangjan, senior citizens and other passengers to go from one platform to the other easily.
A 126 km newly electrified section from New Jalpaiguri to New Coochbehar was also dedicated today. It is part of the Railway electrification work which is going on to achieve 100 per cent electrification of Indian Railways' network. The station in Gangarampur has also been converted to a crossing station with the provision of High-level platform and modern Electronic Interlocking at a cost of about Rs 09.09 crore, which fulfilled a long-standing demand of the local populace.