Khandwa (MP), May 13: Declaring Centre's intention to convert all
rail tracks in the country into broad gauge, Railway Minister Lalu
Prasad today said an action plan would soon be prepared for speedy
implementation of the conversion work.
"Gauge conversion of rail lines throughout the country would be
taken on a priority basis. An action plan would soon be worked out
to implement it", Prasad told reporters during a brief halt at the
Railway Station here while proceeding to Shirdi along with family
members by a special train.
The Railway Minister also promised early completion of conversion of
Neemuch-Indore-Khandwa-Purna section into Broad Gauge as part of the
project to covert Ajmer-Purna metre gauge line into broad gauge
Asked whether the conversion work would be completed during his
tenure, the RJD leader smiled and said that his tenure would
continue in future.
Prasad also assured to examine demands for stoppage of several
trains at Khandwa junction
The minister is a well known loony, to the point in Parliament of blaming one of the Hindu Gods for late running trains rather than his Ministry. It is fairly obvious that this was just a 'bite' to appease the local electorate and has little real meaning.
The minister is a corrupt former leader of Uttar Pradhesh who was caught out in a fodder scam and placed under house arrest. He put is wife in charge of the State Government.
And of course, the charges and legal action was deferred when he was elected to what we would call federal government, the Lok Sabha, where he became Minister for Railways, and immediately made some procurement decisions which would benefit certain industries he has well known fiducary interests in.
Indian Railways will continue to be in the news, spectacularly, until a nation-wide program is undertaken to replace all the bridges the British built during their days of the Vice-Roy.
You will continue to see pictures of trains careening of bridges into the drink below until this is done.
And wait to see what India will do with AWS.
When they say "all" do they mean absolutely all, almost all or mostly. Even if a few narrow gauge lines remain because they are not worth the effort regauging them, this would make the Unigauge project a tremendous success.
Is the Unigauge project halfway done or what?
Are they also going to re-guage the rolling stock or will new stock be purchased?
Is the Unigauge project halfway done or what?
Look at the original news report. The Minister was on holiday travelling with his family. The train stops briefly at Khandwa. Khandwa still has a metre gauge main line running through it. The Minister promises that gauge conversion is on its way and picks up a couple of thousand votes in the process.
There may be a plan, there may be not. There may be a plan to have a plan...who knows. As I said before this guy is a fruitcake, albeit a very shrewd one and this report is just spin doctoring.
AFAIK, they are offering quite a bit of Metre Gauge equipment to other MG railways, so that the money can be spent on new BG stuff. While MG can be converted to BG, there are problems or limitations. For example MG carriages are wide enough for 4 across seating while BG is wide enough for 5 across seating, so you waste some line capacity if you reuse MG stuff on BG lines Also, MG stock on BG platforms starts to have an excessively wide platform gap. There are of course a lot a MG railways in Asia, Africa and South America that might benefit from IR MG cascades.
BTW, Minister Yahdev didn't start the Unigauge project, IIRC, the previous BJP Govt started it.
New Delhi, May 19: The railways' gauge conversion plans have gone off
The comptroller and auditor general of India (CAG) today made the
startling revelation that 107 out of 133 gauge conversion and new
line projects taken up by the railways in recent years are not
financially viable. The total outlay earmarked for these projects is
Rs 54,716 crore.
The report states that although Indian Railways have well laid out
financial norms for taking up new projects, these have not been
Sources said most of these projects have been sanctioned by various
railway ministers on political considerations and the practice has
The CAG report also highlights that 54 of the 116 works cleared, out
of turn, to enhance the safety of the railways had not commenced even
after one to five years of being sanctioned. These works were
sanctioned through supplementary demands for grants for new schemes
that were urgently required.
According to the works programme for 2005-06, as many as 62 gauge
conversion and 87 new line projects were in progress.
The CAG audit of these projects has shown that at the present rate of
funding, the railways require another 15 years to complete the
pending gauge conversion projects and 38 years to complete the
pending new line projects.
The report stated the projects were sanctioned without adequate
justification and decisions were taken during their implementation
without keeping in mind the original objectives.
Consequently, the core objectives underlying the projects were not
Uncertainties in project funding and inadequate project planning had
an adverse impact on the efficiency of project implementation.
Delays in the preparation of detailed estimates, lack of co-
ordination with state governments for acquisition of land,
insufficient delineation of the scope of the projects have all
contributed to time and cost overruns.
CAG has recommended the railways should ensure the systems and norms established for the selection of technically and financially viable
projects are kept in view in the future before fresh projects are
According to the report, railways should work out a clear plan to
complete all the pending projects within a reasonable time frame.
Monday, Dec 10 2007
Railways Minster Lalu Prasad Yadav announced that all meter gauge in
the country would be converted into broad gauge by 2010.
''This would help in increasing the number of trains,'' said Mr
Yadav, while addressing a function before waving green flag to
Jabalpur-New Delhi bi-weekly train.
Mr Yadav named the train 'Shreedham Express'. 'Shreedham' is a
station in Jabalpur division where Dwarka Peeth Shankaracharya
Swaroopanand Saraswati's ashram is located.
He said an action plan has been chalked out to lay special tracks for
plying goods train between New Delhi to Mumbai and Mumbai to Chennai
in the first phase. Later, efforts would be made to connect Kolkata
to other three metros.
On completion of the project, passenger trains can ply at a faster
pace. Besides, it would help in reducing number of trains halted at a
However, he did not mention how long it would take to complete the
Union Minister Suresh Pachouri described Mr Yadav as the most
successful Railways Minister of the country so far. His efforts
brought a turnaround in loss-making Railways, which started churning
He said state governments would have to extend support to Railways in
removing encroachment from its land so that the process of laying
tracks could be speeded up.
http://www.hindu.com/2008/01/08/stories ... 000500.htm
Gauge conversion of Manamadurai-Virudhunagar section to begin soon
MADURAI: An alternative rail route to Chennai from southern
destinations will be ready by October next year.
While broad-gauge lines between Karaikudi and Manamadurai are
expected to be laid by March, gauge conversion of the Manamadurai-
Virudhunagar section will begin soon. These sections will also
provide a shorter route to Chennai from Rameswaram and ease
congestion between Madurai and Virudhunagar.
On the core route, the doubling of the Madurai-Dindigul broad-gauge
line will be in by July. "These developments will facilitate
operation of more trains. The utilisation of the Madurai-Virudhunagar
section has crossed 140 per cent. Most of the ongoing gauge
conversion work in the division will be completed in a few months,"
Divisional Railway Manager Hemant Kumar told The Hindu.
With the Commissioner of Railway Safety giving nod for traffic on the
newly laid Tenkasi-Shencottah section, services will begin in a
couple of weeks. The division has proposed gauge conversion beyond
Shencottah on the existing metre-gauge alignment, and the five
tunnels en route will be enlarged to accommodate the broad-gauge
Mr. Hemant Kumar said the division, which covers 11 districts in
Tamil Nadu and one in Kerala, recorded a 22 per cent growth in
passenger earnings. Earnings in 2007 stood at Rs. 193.6 crore against
Rs.158.8 crore in 2006.
"Despite closure of 300 km of route for gauge conversion, we were
able to achieve this growth, which is higher than the zonal average.
Low-cost airlines have not had any impact on the upper-class traffic,
As part of the modernisation programme, two plasma screen monitors
have been erected at the main entrance of the Madurai station. They
are linked to the control room to enable passengers to monitor the
movement of trains, he said.
http://www.hindu.com/2008/01/13/stories ... 000400.htm
Mysore-Chamarajanagar line to be ready by March
Mysore-Nanjangud line was laid in 1891
Solapur-Bagalkot line to be thrown open in April
BANGALORE: Trains will start chugging again on
Mysore-Chamarajanagar and Bagalkot-Gadag routes in a
few months as the South Western Railway will complete
the gauge conversion work on the two sections by March
South Western Railway general manager Praveen Kumar
told The Hindu that the work on converting the tracks
from metre gauge to broad-gauge between
Mysore-Nanjanagud on Chamarajanagar section and
Solapur-Bagalkot on Gadag section was already
completed. Train services would resume in March and
April respectively, he added.
The gauge conversion work between Mysore and
Chamarajanagar (61 km) was sanctioned in 2001 with the
cost estimated at Rs. 85.36 crore. While the
Comptroller and Auditor General had termed the project
economically unviable, he had criticised the Railways
for the enormous delay in completion of the work.
The metre gauge track was laid in 1891 between Mysore
and Nanjangud and later was extended to
Chamarajanagar. Railways used to operate eight pairs
of trains on this section primarily catering to the
The metre gauge line between Bagalkot and Gadag, part
of the 300-km Solapur-Gadag section, was closed for
train traffic on September 24, 2007 to undertake gauge
The project, which is two decades old, is being taken
up under equal cost sharing basis between the Railways
and the State Government. Once operational, the line
would emerge as a vital link between southern and
Mr. Praveen Kumar said the South Western Railway would
focus on doubling of tracks during the next fiscal.
Three important bottlenecks, where heavy traffic was
witnessed, would be taken up for doubling. The zone
had the capacity to lay 300 to 350 km of broad-gauge
line every year.
The bottlenecks were Arsikere-Birur (50 km),
Hubli-Hebasur and Dharwad-Kambarganvi. Being major
junctions, Arsikere and Birur sections had trains from
Mysore and Bangalore routes. These sections were
witnessing heavy movement of goods trains thanks to
transportation of iron ore.
After the Bagalkot-Gadag metre gauge line was closed,
the South Western Railway has joined the unique club
of railway zones that had only broad-gauge lines.
Only very railway zones have metre gauge and
narrow-gauge tracks. Even after coming to have unigauge
on its entire route network, the share of South
Western Railway in the national track network is
While the total track network of the Indian Railways
was nearly 1.08 lakh km, South Western Railway has
just 3,286 km. Of the 62,000 km broad-gauge route
network of the Indian Railways, South Western Railway
has only 3,112 km.
A supplement in the December 2007 issue of Rail Gazette International has a very good map of the Unigauge process.
Thursday, Jan 17 2008
The government today approved a railway gauge conversion project
linking Ratlam, Mhow, Khandwa and Akola at an estimated expenditure
of Rs 1421.25 crore.
The 472.64-km project, scheduled to be completed in five years, will
provide broad gauge connectivity for carrying foodgrains, oil cakes
and cement from Neemuch and Chittorgarh area and various products
from the Pithampur Special Economic Zone near Mhow to the southern
Briefing reporters on the deliberations at a meeting of the Cabinet
Committee on Economic Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs Minister P R
Dasmunsi said the project would also facilitate movement of military
personnel and equipment to and from Mhow Cantonment. Mr Dasmunsi said there existed a meter gauge north-south link between Jaipur and
Secunderabad, having a length of 1469 km, which connected major
townships like Jaipur, Ajmer and Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, Ratlam,
Indore, Mhow and Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh, Akola, Purna and Mudkhed in Maharashtra and Manoharbad and Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh.
Out of 1469 kms on this route, 805 kms from Jaipur to Ratlam and
Secunderabad to Purna have already been converted to broad gauge.
Work on the Akola-Purna section, covering 210 km, is targeted for
completion by March this year. In effect, the section from Ratlam to
Akola, covering 454 kms, has been approved for gauge conversion.
The minister said Ratlam-Akola broad gauge conversion would restore a
shorter and alternative route connecting Secunderabad and Chennai with
Jaipur, Ratlam, Indore, Khandwa, Akola and other towns in north-west
SR : New broad gauge section to be inaugurated on Feb 7
http://news.webindia123.com/news/ar_sho ... e=20080205
Tuesday, Feb 5 2008 IST
Minister of State for Railways R Velu will inaugurate the newly converted broad gauge section between Tenkasi and Sengottai on February 7..
The Minister will also flag off train services between these stations.
The inaugural special passenger train would leave Sengottai at 1145 hrs and reach Tenkasi at 1200 hrs. The train would leave Tenkasi at 1215 hrs and reach Madurai at 1550 hrs. With the opening of the section, various trains, extended to/starting from Sengottai (regular service), included Madurai-Tenkasi passenger special, Tenkasi-Madurai Passenger, Madurai-Tenkasi passenger, Chennai Egmore-Tenkasi Pothigai Express, Tenkasi-Chennai Egmore Pothigai Express, Tenkasi-Madurai Passenger, Madurai-Tenkasi Passenger and Tenkasi-Madurai Passenger special, the release added.
Distance between Hyderabad and Chennai to be reduced
by 200 km
Gauge conversion between Pakala-Madanapalle,
Dharmavaram-Madanapalle line is 141 km long
Total estimated cost of the conversion work is around
Rs. 275 crore
ANANTAPUR: The metre-gauge trains running between
Dharmavaram and Madanapalle would be stopped from
March 10 to take up the gauge conversion work,
according to Divisional Railway Manager, Guntakal, A.
Manohar. The work is expected to be completed by April
Two trains each were running every day on both
directions now on the metre gauge line, he stated at
Kadiri. The Dharmavaram-Madanapalle line is part of
Guntakal-Pakala line of 225 km distance. The gauge
conversion was already completed between Pakala and
Madanapalle and the Dharmavaram-Madanapalle line was
about 141 kms. long.
Though there is metre gauge line between Dharmavaram
and Anantapur now the broad gauge trains could be run
on the existing main line. Besides, the
Guntakal-Kalluru metre gauge line is yet to be taken
up for conversion. However, alternative line is
available between the two stations via Gooty.
Similarly, Kalluru-Anantapur is also connected by main
line though metre gauge section too is existing.
Once completed, it is expected that the
Guntakal-Pakala broad gauge line will reduce the
existing distance between Hyderabad-Chennai by about
200 km and that of Hyderabad-Tirupati considerably.
Meanwhile, district president of BJP M.S.
Parthasarathi submitted a memorandum to the DRM
requesting him to run the trains till the completion
of ‘Brahmostavams’. The DRM stated that he had no
objection if the engineers and the contractors
accepted the request. Senior officials of the division
were also accompanying the DRM.
The gauge conversion of the line was surveyed during
the NDA regime and was sanctioned by the UPA
government. It was estimated that about Rs. 275 crore
was required for the conversion work. The Centre had
released Rs. 5 crore in 2005-06, Rs. 18 crore in
2006-07, Rs. 85 crore in 2007-08 and another Rs. 55
crore in 2007-08 supplementary budget and Rs. 87 crore
in 2008-09 budget.
Kadiri railway station would be developed into a model
as historical and tourist places were around.
So many aussies interested in Indian Railways.
By the way the minister in question although a nut case and scamster has by far been the best manager of Indian railways. He is the first person to to turn around Indian railways to a record profit of INR 10,000 Crore (AUD
Have you guys heard about giving the city keys to the thief. The result is that all holes will be plugged soon. This exactly is what has happened. so much so that one of the Management schools in my country has gone and interviewed him to find out how he did this miracle in one year.
And of course, Indian railways has about 62000 Route Kilometers of tracks managed by 1.5 million people (largest employer in the world) and is the life line of India. It provides one of the best facilities in the world for its employees. My father retired as officer (Asst. Signal and Telecom Engineer). He gets good pension and he and my mother get absolutely free Medical cover (includes medicine and doctor fees and only excludes hospital room rent. Which you cannot excpect in Australia as far as my knowledge goes. I live currently in Australia.). His open heart surgery was done at a pittance of total cost of AUD 1000 way back. He is having a hale and healthy life.
All his employed life (39 years in Indian Railways), he was housed in subsidized Indian railways housing (they are good), in which I was born and brought up along with my two brothers.
I am writing all this to give you an Idea about Indian Railways.
Remember guys, we were ruled by the Middle eastern moslems and the Britishers both for approx. 300 years each and got our independence in 1947. When the British left we did not have any money in our coffers.
Over the years we have reduced poverty rate to 25% (of 1 Billon people).
We have developed our own super computer (when USA refused to give one). We are one of the few handful of countries that launch satellites on our own rockets and mostly use it to benefit the population in terms of telecommunication/cartography/education.
Of course I do not need to talk about software engineering prowess of India.
And yes we did it all getting very little aid and mostly facing technology embargo from the big brother countries.
Today the same countries want to do trade with us, big time, knowing the amount of money that can be made is huge.
We yet forget/forgive their past behavior and welcome them.
Give us about 20 to 25 years with out war and I am sure we will grow to be a Nation of Par excellence not just in railways but in all spheres and proudly by our own selves, mostly.
Hmmm.... Did I talk about cricket yet.......
On 122-km Villupuram-Thanjavur section
CHENNAI: Gauge conversion on the Villupuram-Mayiladuthurai (122 km)
section will be completed before the year-end.
This section is part of the Villupuram-Thanjavur conversion project.
The stretch between Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai has been completed
and opened for passenger traffic.
Once conversion between Mayiladuthurai and Villupuram is over, trains
can be operated from Chennai Egmore to the south via the main line
i.e Villupuram, Kumbakonam and Thanjavur, which has remained
suspended for more than three years.
It will provide an alternative route to Tiruchi from Chennai Egmore.
The project is being executed by the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), a
corporation formed by the Railway Ministry for speedy execution of
Pradeep Gour, project manager, RVNL, told The Hindu that except the
stretch from Cuddalore to Sirkazhi (56 km) conversion of the remaining
two sections "Villupuram-Cuddalore (46 km) and Sirkazhi-
Mayiladuthuri (20 km)" is almost complete. While trial runs are on
between Sirkazhi and Mayiladuthurai since March 31, the section from
Villupuram to Cuddalore will be completed by July this year.
RVNL wants to complete the remaining portion, between Cuddalore and
Sirkazhi, before the onset of northeast monsoon.
Work on bridges
He said there were 32 major bridges and 290 minor bridges on the 122-
km stretch. Of these, construction of 210 bridges was almost over. Of
the remaining 80 bridges, the sub-structure work (erecting pillars)
had been completed and super structure work (placing pre-fabricated
girders on pillars) was on. In the case of major bridges, the sub-
structure had been completed in a majority of the structures.
Bridge work across the Coleroon was going on. Earlier, RVNL planned
to put up pile foundation. But it was not feasible as there were
boulders beneath the soil in some places. In those areas, the
corporation switched to well foundation.
The project manager said they wanted to complete the entire bridge
works before the release of water from the Mettur reservoir for delta
irrigation when all channels would have heavy flow.
Another problem, according to him, was the non-availability of steel
and cement and the increase in their prices.
How much of the three narrow gauge were they when the Unigauge Project started (1000mm, 762mm and 610mm) and how much is there left now?
Its posted somewhere in this forum - try the search facility.
Guwahati, May 24
Insurgency-related violence in North Cachar Hill
district has led to abrupt halt of works on the Rs
1,676 crore-gauge conversion project in the
Lumding-Silchar section of the North-east Frontier
Railway (NFR) passing through North Cachar Hill
district of Assam.
The project work is unlikely to resume soon as all 16
construction companies contracted by the Railways have
decided not to re-start work unless the Assam
government provided adequate security to their men
engaged in the violence-hit district.
The NFR Construction Contractors’ Association has told
the Railway authority that contractors, who have
suffered huge losses because of frequent disruption of
works due to insurgency-violence in the region, are in
no mood to resume work unless a conducive atmosphere
was restored in the area and adequate security was
The project work came to an abrupt halt in the wake of
killing of eight workers by the Black Widow or Dima
Halam Daogah (Jewel Garlosa) militants on May 10 last.
The contractors’ association’s general secretary
Shankar Das informed that all 16 construction
companies at a meeting with the NFR general manger
(construction) on Friday asked for ‘adequate security
to their men and machine.’ There were about 5,000
labourers working in the project braving constant
threat from ultras.
The Railway has been requested not to insist on
resumption of works till the state government provided
proper security for workers in the project that was
already running much behind schedule.
The gauge conversion project that was started way back
in 1997 and was expected to be completed by the year
2005. However, works in the project have remained
disrupted at regular intervals because of insurgents’
attacks. The project period was later extended till
“We have already accumulated losses to the tune of
over Rs 60 crore because of disruptions in work and
have asked the Railway to compensate for it,” the
contractors’ association’s official said.
He said all panic-stricken construction workers had
fled work sites in the violence-hit hill district
leaving behind all machinery and construction
materials in an unguarded state and it would take not
less than two months to organise the labour force to
resume work even if adequate security cover was
provided by the government today.
The gauge conversion project included 86 major
bridges, 337 minor bridges and 17 tunnels with a total
length of 10,328 meters. Out of these only 18 major
bridges, 292 minor bridges and 3,200 meters of tunnels
have been completed till date.
Meanwhile, all train services continue to remain
suspended in the Lumding-Silchar section as the NFR is
waiting for the government to provide bullet-proof
glasses to be installed around train engines for
protection of drivers against attacks by insurgents.
Sunday, Jun 29 2008
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad today announced free railway passes to
all girl students up to graduation.
The minister announced this while laying the foundation stone for
gauge conversion of 62 km Bharuch-Dahej and 62.89 km Ankleshwar-
Rajpipla sections at Samni, about 20 km from here.
The two gauge conversion projects are estimated to cost Rs 230 crore
and Rs 197 crore, respectively.
The Railway Ministry, he said, was formulating an ambitious plan to
help link major rivers in the country by laying pipelines on either
side of its 64,000-km long tracks spread across the country.
''The idea behind linking the rivers is to provide water for
irrigation and drinking water to people living in water-starved
areas. Railways have enough land on either side of the tracks, which
can be used to resolve the water crisis in the country,'' he said.
Mr Prasad said the railway's turnaround during the last four years
had received worldwide attention for having created a surplus fund of
Rs 69,000 crore without any hike in fares. ''I will take this surplus
fund to the Rs 1,00,000-crore mark before the end of the UPA
government's term next year,'' he asserted.
Describing Railways as the lifeline of India, he said his Ministry
had decided to do away with all the narrow and meter gauge tracks by
undertaking conversion projects in a phased manner.
The Minister denied allegations that Gujarat was being discriminated
with regard to sanction of railway projects. During the last four
years of the UPA rule at the Centre, projects worth Rs 14,448 crore
had been completed in Gujarat and 38 new projects worth Rs 6,600
crore were under construction, he claimed.
The Bharuch-Dahej gauge conversion would connect the upcoming Dahej
port on south Gujarat coast to the Indian railway network under the
National Rail Vikash Yojana (NRVJ), while Ankleshwar-Rajpipla gauge
conversion project, when completed, would act as a catalyst to boost
the socio-economic growth of this tribal region, he said.
The construction of Dahej-Bharuch broad gauge expected to begin soon
Vadodara, September 22, 2008: The construction of Dahej-Bharuch broad gauge by the Indian Railways is expected to begin next fortnight. The conversion, from the narrow gauge railway line, is being done on
Private-Public Participation model with the help of Special Purpose Vehicles dedicated to cater to railway freight traffic from the proposed Dahej Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
The major private shareholder in this project is RVNL with Rs 25 crore in investment which forms about 29.5 per cent of the total investments. Other private players include Dahej SEZ, Adani Energy, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilisers Corporation Limited (GNVL), Birlas, Jindal and Hindalco industries.
http://www.thehindu.com/2009/02/21/stor ... 170300.htm
News for you guys,
Guntakal-Kalluru MG has been converted to BG. It is awaiting operatiionalisation. Expected to be comminssioned by May this year.
Here's a nifty map from wikipedia:
(Remember to press the button in the lower right hand corner to zoom in).
TIRUCHI: Southern Railway will take up gauge conversion work in
Mayiladuturai-Karaikudi metre gauge section soon.
This will be the last major metre gauge section in Tiruchi Railway
Division to be converted into broad gauge.
The project, covering a distance of 187 km, will be implemented in
phases with authorities planning to take up the work from
Mayiladuturai to Tiruvarur Junctions first.
The work between Tiruvarur and Karaikudi will be taken up in the
The 38-km gauge conversion work from Mayiladuturai to Tiruvarur is
expected to start in April, officials told The Hindu.
The authorities are contemplating suspension of metre gauge train
services between Mayiladuturai and Tiruvarur from April to enable the
The MG train services, which are being operated from Mayiladuturai to
Karaikudi via Tiruvarur and Tiruthuraipoondi and back would be
operated from Tiruvarur to Karaikudi and back from April.
Temporary maintenance works including laying of pit line and stabling
line have already commenced at Tiruvarur Junction prior to operation
of metre gauge train services from Tiruvarur to Karaikudi.
The metre gauge stock would be moved to Tiruvarur for operation of
train services to Karaikudi.
The officials said tenders had already been floated for the earth
work, construction of major and minor bridges, foot-over bridges,
station buildings, platforms and platform shelter as part of the
The entire project would be executed at a cost of Rs. 711 crore.
The Railway Board had sanctioned Rs. 136.77 crore for conversion work
between Mayiladuturai and Tiruvarur, say officials adding that the
stretch had 18 major bridges and 192 minor bridges.
The Mayiladuturai–Karaikudi project was included in the Railway
The Railway Board had also sanctioned the conversion of branch line
from Tiruthuraipoondi to Agastiampalli to broad gauge standard.