Nagapattinam (NPB): A speed trial run was conducted on the 10-km long Velankanni to Nagapattinam broad gauge line by the Commissioner of Railway Safety K.J.S.Naidu here on Thursday.
The speed trial run at about 100 kmph commenced at 1.42 p.m. from Velankanni Station and reached the Nagapattinam junction at 1.55 p.m. According to sources, the 13-minute time was due to speed restraint exercised at two locations for reasons of safety. The speed was brought down to 60 kmph and 50 kmph respectively along the two locations. Ordinarily, such a stretch is covered within eight minutes, said a source.The trial run was preceded by a motorised trolley inspection by the CRS up to a four-kilometer stretch on Wednesday. The remaining stretch was covered on trolley in the forenoon session, and was later followed by the speed trial run.
In an interaction with the press, the Commissioner of Railway Safety was non-committal of his observations on the trial run. “I have made some points and a report would be submitted in a week’s time,” Mr.Naidu said.
When asked about the possibility of an early inauguration of the new BG line, he said it was not his mandate to make any statement on the line’s inauguration.The Velankanni-Nagapattinam BG line has come at a cost of Rs.48 crore and includes three major bridges, 20 minor bridges and seven level crossings.
R.Ramanathan, Chief Administrative Officer, Constructions; Sudanshu Sharma, Chief Engineer, Constructions, R.Nandakumar, Deputy Chief Engineer, Constructions were among the officials present.