October 6, 2015
Terming the 55-km Pollachi Junction-Palakkad Town newly laid broad gauge track as ‘not bad,’ S.K. Mittal, Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Circle, Bengaluru, today said that his final decision would be communicated in two weeks, after studying and evaluating the data collected on various aspects of safety.
Mr. Mittal, who continued his inspection of the track from Mudalamadai in Kerala to Pollachi in Tamil Nadu this morning, told media persons at Pollachi that he had made a thorough inspection of the section, and the decision would be made known within two weeks.
“The track is not bad,” he said, while assessing the track safety. The inspection team moving in motor trolleys, checked the technical and safety aspects of tracks, level crossings, bridges, stations, signals and their operational efficiency. Before arriving at Pollachi Junction station at 2 p.m., the team inspected a halt station at Anamalai Road too.
The speed trial run from Pollachi started at 3.20 p.m. and assumed an average speed of 100 kmph to arrive at Palakkad Town station at 3.58 p.m. The stretch was covered in just 38 minutes, with the train blaring the horn throughout the journey to alert the local public.
Adequate safety precautions had already been arranged at all the level crossing gates, especially those left unmanned in this section, a release from Southern Railway spokesperson said.
Prafulla Varma, Chief Engineer, Construction Wing, who accompanied Mr. Mittal, said that the Podanur-Kinathukadavu-Pollachi gauge conversion works were in progress.
Besides Mr. Varma, Mr. Mittal was accompanied by P.K. Mishra, Chief Administrative Officer, R. Ramakrishnan, Deputy Chief Engineer, Construction Wing, Chennai, Egmore, along with Anand Prakash, Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad, officers of Palakkad Division and Southern Railway Construction Wing, during the inspection.