MOSR to Flag-off Antyodaya Exp, dedicate new Sengottai-Punalur BG Section and a New Station building in Kerala

Hon’ble Union Minister of State of Railways to Flag off Antyodaya Train Service, Dedicate the newly Gauge Converted section to the nation and Inaugurate a New Station building in Kerala
Timings of Kouchuveli – Mangalore Antyodaya express

MADURAI/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Indian Railways is the most commonly used mode of public transportation and its vast network and economic viability addresses the concerns of millions of rail users. Railways is focusing on short term, medium term and long term infrastructure development for fast, punctual, safe and comfortable transportation.

At Kochuveli

In continuation with the efforts of Indian Railways in making Railway services more accessible and affordable to common man, a fully reserved, new bi-weekly Antyodaya Express train service is to be introduced between Kochuveli – Mangaluru. Shri Rajen Gohain, Hon’ble Union Minister of State of Railways will flag off the inaugural special of Train no.16355/16356 Kochuveli – Mangaluru Antyodaya Express during a function to be held at Kochuveli Railway Station on Saturday, the 9th June, 2018 at 10 hrs.

At Punalur

Shri. Rajen Gohain, Hon’ble Union Minister of State of Railways will dedicate the newly gauge converted Broad Gauge section between Sengottai and Punalur (49 Km) to the nation during a function at Punalur on Saturday, the 9th of June, 2018 at  13.15 hrs

At Changansseri

Hon’ble Union Minister of State of Railways Shri Rajen Gohain  will  inaugurate the new Station building at Changanasseri Railway station  at 16.50 hrs on Saturday, the 9th of June, 2018.

13 Arch bridge in Sengottai – Punalur section

Inauguration of Train No. 16355/16356 Kochuveli – Mangaluru Junction Antyodaya Express (Bi-weekly)

Antyodaya Express is a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service, for the common man operated on dense routes.  Antyodaya Express, announced in Railway Budget 2016  was introduced as ‘New Year 2017’ gift to the rail users.

 Aimed at making long distance travel more comfortable for the unreserved passengers, the Antyodaya Express is equipped with many novel facilities. The interior panelling of the coaches has been done with aluminium composite panels, similar to Deen Dayalu coaches.  The train has cushioned luggage racks with coat hooks,  LED lights,  mobile and laptop charging points, water purifiers (aqua-guard), fire extinguishers with anti-theft arrangement and enhanced capacity dustbins. The bio-toilets in the train are in line with Indian Railways’ vision to keep tracks defecation free.

Being India’s largest city in the deep south, Thiruvannanthapuram  is strategically prominent and hosts the Southern Air Command headquarters of the Indian Air Force, the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station and the upcoming Vizhinjam International Deepwater Motherport. Thiruvananthapuram is a major tourist centre, known for the famous Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, the backwaters of Poovar and Anchuthengu and its Western Ghats tracts of Ponmudi and the Agastyamala

Modified tunnel in Sengottai – Punalur section

Kochuveli railway station, is a satellite passenger rail terminal of Thiruvananthapuram city in the Indian state of Kerala. It is being developed to ease congestion at Thiruvananthapuram Central station. The Kochuveli railway station is located towards the north of the city, approximately at a distance of 8 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram city.

The Gateway of coastal Karnataka, Mangalore is   Kerala’s second largest city.  A rapidly growing commercial and business centre,  this port city is also an important coffee and cashew nut exporting centre.  Mangalore also serves as an ideal tourist base as it is surrounded by several hallowed pilgrim shrines such as Dharmasthala, Karkala, Sringeri, Udupi and Venur.

Train No. 16355/16356 Kochuveli – Mangaluru Junction Antyodaya Express will address the demands of last minute passengers and people who travel frequently from/to the state capital towards Malabar and Konkan regions.

Dedication of Gauge Conversion between  Punalur – Sengottai section

Sengottai – Punalur GC section is  part  of Kollam – Tirunelveli – Tiruchendur & Tenkasi – Virudunagar  (357 Km)  Gauge Conversion project.  .  The section which traverses through the Kollam district of Kerala would give a fillip to the connectivity between Tamilnadu and Kerala states..  This section will form part of the Tenkasi-Virudhunagar trunk route to Chennai. It is also linked to Kollam-Senkottai-Tenkasi-Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur route. This picturesque section draws tourists and nature enthusiasts from all over the country.

The 49 km Sengottai-Punalur Metre Gauge section was closed for traffic in 2010.  The gauge conversion work was carried out in the difficult terrains round the clock notwithstanding the vagaries of nature.  The Broad Gauge sections between Sengottai – New Aryankavu (20 Km) and Punalur – Edamann (8 Km) were commissioned during on 31.3.2017.  New Aryankavu – Edamann stretch (21 km) section is the last stretch of the newly converted Punalur – Sengottai Broad Gauge Section and was commissioned on 31.3. 2018.  With this, the entire Punalur – Sengottai section has been commissioned for traffic.

There are 22 major bridges and 178 minor bridges in Sengottai-Punalur section.   These tunnels and bridges were modified to suit BG standards. Besides renovating the five tunnels,  constructed for a length of 1.8 km,  a new tunnel has been dug between Thenmalai and Kazhuthurutti.    . This line traverses through the Western Ghats having sharp curves of up to 10 degrees.

 The rail route between Sengottai – Punalur  includes the famed 13-arch heritage Bridge (Pathimoonu Kannara Palam)  commissioned in 1903. This British era bridge  which is 102.72 meters in length and 5.18 meters in height was constructed using the ancient Surki method of architechture.. It is now strengthened using concrete jacketing while preserving its  heritage looks by fixing the walls with tiles resembling the old construction blocks.

There are no Unmanned level crossings in this section.

Total cost of Sengottai – Punalur Gauge Conversion Project  is Rs. 390 crore.

Inauguration of New station building at Changanasseri

Changanasseri Railway Station is a Non Suburban Group 4 class (Old class B) station. The station is located between Thiruvalla and Chingavanam stations in the Thiruvananthapuram-Kottayam-Ernakulam route. The station has an average passenger footfall of 4524 passengers per day and average daily earnings of Rs 2.95 lakh.

Traffic wise 28 express trains and 14 passenger trains are operated through Changanasseri station every day.  As part of Chengannur – Chingavanam Doubling project, which is nearing completion, the station building at Changanasseri has been newly constructed at a cost of Rs.7.2 crore.   The new station building is equipped with a host of facilities such as Current & Advance Booking Counters, Parcel Booking facility, I/II Class and Ladies Waiting halls,  Differently-abled friendly Gents & Ladies toilets, ramps and  a VIP Lounge