Commissioner of Railway Safety inspects Villupuram-Cuddalore electrified rail line stretch

TIRUCHCHIRAPPALLI: Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Circle, Bengaluru K. A. Manoharan on Friday inspected the overhead electrification works which has been completed in the stretch from Villupuram to Cuddalore Port Junction falling under the Tiruchi Railway Division limits.

Accompanied by top officials of the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) and Tiruchi Railway Division, Mr. Manoharan started his statutory inspection from Villupuram Junction travelling on board an inspection special train.

Mr. Manoharan stopped at several spots along the 46-km stretch inspecting the overhead electric installations, traction masts, alignment of the electric wire, level crossing gates and bridges. Thereafter, he conducted a speed trial in the electrified stretch from Cuddalore Port Junction to Villupuram travelling in the inspection special train hauled by an electric locomotive.

A senior RVNL official said the trial run was conducted at a speed of 100 km per hour. The RVNL has been entrusted with the task of implementing the overhead electrification project in the 228-km main line section from Villupuram to Thanjavur via Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Sirkazhi, Mayiladuthurai and Kumbakonam.

The first portion from Villupuram to Cuddalore Port Junction has been electrified under this project. The RVNL would now concentrate on the next stretch from Cuddalore Port Junction to Mayiladuthurai, the official said. A traction sub-station as part of the ongoing project would come up at Cuddalore and Mayiladuthurai.