Shoranur (SRR): The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Southern Circle, S. K. Mittal has cleared the stretch from Shoranur to Kallayi of the newly electrified Shoranur-Kozhikode section for running trains hauled by electric locomotives.
A lack of the mandatory two-metre clearance for the overhead equipment has resulted in the clearance only up till Kallayi, a top Southern railway official told.
The railway authorities will be able to operate trains hauled by electric locomotives up to Kozhikode only after the defect is rectified at Kallayi. The defect will be taken to the Railway Board for clearance, he said.
The inspection by the CRS follows the successful trial run of electric engine between Shornur and Kozhikode on March 26 by a team led by Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad, Mohan A. Menon.
The inspection by the CRS commenced from Shoranur Junction at 9.35 a.m. and arrived at Kozhikode at 2.45 p.m. In the return trip, the Commissioner left Kozhikode at 4.10 p.m. and arrived at Shoranur Junction at 5.50 p.m. Mr. Mittal inspected the feeding posts, sub-sectioning and parelleling posts, pitching posts, feeder posts, power line crossings, rail overbridges, foot overbridges, interlocked level crossings, girder bridges, and curves.
In the return direction, Mr. Mittal scrutinised the conduct of speed trial and current collection tests. The route kilometer between Shoranur and Kozhikode is 84 while the electrified track kilometre is 194 kms. Beside the main line, siding line to the goods shed at Kallayi has also been electrified. According to the railways, the electrification of oil siding yard at Feroke will soon be taken up.