Dindigul Jn (DG): Gauge conversion of Palani-Pollachi broad gauge section will be over by March end, said Divisional Railway Manager A.K. Rastogi. Talking to presspersons after inspecting basic amenities and infrastructure at Dindigul Railway Station on Tuesday, he said that conversion work was at the finishing stage. Trial run will be held after completion of the gauge conversion.
“Introduction of Tiruchendur-Palani train service was awaiting the Railway Board’s approval. If the board cleared the proposal, we will introduce the train immediately,” he assured.
Testing and inspection was over on the electrified track between Virudhunagar-Dindigul section.
“We are waiting for the clearance from Commissioner for Rail Safety to operate trains. After obtaining clearance, we will operate the passenger train between Dindigul and Madurai,” he pointed out.
Work on doubling the track between Villupuram and Dindigul was going on. More funds were required to complete the project.
The project was expected to be over by March 2016 only.
The DRM also ruled out immediate execution of Bodi-Madurai broad gauge conversion work. Sufficient funds were not allotted for this project.
“We can take up this project only after sufficient funds were allotted,” he pointed out.
Snag to be rectified
Technical snag in electronic coach indicators on platforms in Dindigul station will be rectified shortly. Technical team from Delhi would rectify it.
Repair works in toilets and bathrooms will be over within a week, he said.
Earlier, Mr. Rastogi inspected the platforms in the station, checked water supply in public taps and facilities at toilets and bathrooms.
Waste materials, wires and building debris were found scattered on the first and second platforms.
He also advised to open the toilet meant for differently abled persons on Platform 2. Granite floor was broken and ramp flooring of public toilet was also damaged on Platform 1.
He also inspected surveillance cameras fitted at prominent places and hooked on to a central surveillance centre on platform one.
The DRM also advised lower-level officers to fine two vendors, who were not wearing their caps and gloves while on duty.
Additional Divisional Railway Manager Ajit Kumar, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Govindappa Pillai, Senior Divisional Safety Officer Ravichandran and Senior Divisional Operating Manager Ramalingam accompanied him.