THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Delay in doubling the 1-km railway line from Shoranur Junction to Palakkad Junction and another 1.2-km stretch from Shoranur Junction to the Thrissur station is hampering smooth train operations in the railway network of the State.
Because of the single line, trains from Malabar to Thrissur and Palakkad Junction are being stopped by Railways at Shoranur Junction to give way.
Trains from Thrissur to the Malabar region are being stopped at the Vallathol Nagar station and those to Palakkad Junction at the Mannanur railway station.
As the trains are being held up in the adjacent railway stations, commuters moving through the busy corridor are affected.
Trains held up
Trains are being held up to even 30 minutes and train timings are charted taking into account the delay. The single line is also giving headache to the operations wing of the Palakkad railway division under which the corridor falls.
This single line is affecting the smooth flow of rail traffic not only through Shoranur Junction, but the entire State.
“We were hoping that Railways would take up the works along with the 2.3-km doubling from the Netravathi bridge in Mangaluru to the Central station,” says P. Krishna Kumar, general secretary, Thrissur Railway Passengers Association.
While the doubling up to Mangaluru Central would benefit a few trains commenced recently, Mr. Krishnakumar said Railways ignored the doubling of the 2.2-km Shoranur line that would have speeded up more trains running via Shoranur Junction.
Area of concern
The bottleneck is the one km from Cabin A towards Palakkad Junction and 1.2 km from Cabin B towards Thrissur. The first bridge across the Bharathapuzha absorbs 75% load of trains moving from Thrissur to Shoranur and from Thrissur to Palakkad Junction while the second bridge takes load of trains from Palakkad Junction to Thrissur.
The 2.2-km single line was ignored when the Coimbatore-Palakkad-Ernakulam and the Shoranur-Mangaluru corridors were doubled. Mr. Krishnakumar said division authorities should follow the path of Thiruvananthapuram division in doubling the small stretch from Ernakulam Town to Kottayam to end commuters’ misery.
Even if Railways decide to build on the shunting path towards Palakkad, a decision has to be be taken on constructing a third bridge across the Bharathapuzha.