Survey for doubling Shoranur-Coimbatore track: First four-line rail route in Kerala

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Pathanamthitta: Approval of the final location survey for doubling tracks on the Coimbatore-Shoranur rail route instils hope of realising the first four-line rail route in Kerala.

The introduction of a double-track railway and electrification on the Coimbatore-Shoranur route took place several years ago. When the survey for the third track was conducted, the possibility of a fourth track was also studied. The final location survey report will be submitted in two months.

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The Chennai-Ernakulam route is classified as a category 2 in terms of traffic. Currently, the final location survey for the third track on the Ernakulam-Shoranur route is in its final stages. Besides, Railways has announced that it will take up works like straightening curves of the tracks and installing automated signalling.

A budget of Rs 5.64 crore and Rs 1.98 crore has been allocated for the surveys of three and four lanes on the Jolarpettai-Coimbatore and Coimbatore-Shoranur routes, respectively. The Jolarpettai-Coimbatore route spans 282 km, while the Coimbatore-Shoranur route covers 99 km.

In the Southern Railway, the Tambaram-Chengalpattu and Arakkonam-Renigunta routes have also received approval for four-line expansion.

Once the third and fourth tracks are completed on the Coimbatore-Shoranur route, the focus may shift to upgrading the Ernakulam-Shoranur, Ernakulam-Kanyakumari, and Shoranur-Mangaluru routes to four lines in a phased manner.

The doubling of the track from Chingavanam to Ettumanoor was completed last year, 21 years after commencing the work (Kayamkulam to Ernakulam via Kottayam).

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