Villupuram-Vellore electrification work on right track, says CRS

Authorisation for passenger trains soon on this route

विल्लुपुरम Villupuram (VM):  “The general condition of the work on electrification of the Villupuram-Vellore Cantonment section in the Tiruchi Railway Division is satisfactory and I shall soon give the authorisation for the operation of passenger electric trains on this route,” Satheesh Kumar Mittal, Commissioner for Railway Safety (CRS), Bangalore Circle, told newspersons at the Vellore Cantonment Station after completing his two-day inspection of the electric traction on the 150-km route on Thursday.

Mr.Mittal said that the electric traction installed on the route was charged with 25 Kilovolts power during the rear window inspection carried out from a diesel train during the team’s inspection starting from Vellore Cantonment and culminating in Villupuram station on Wednesday.

“Starting at 10 a.m., we reached Villupuram at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, when we took some measurements. Today, we carried out an inspection in an AC loco train (electric train) starting from Villupuram to the Vellore Cantonment Station.”

In reply to a question, the CRS said that through some minor defects were noticed during the inspection, the electrification work was satisfactory enough to operate trains. The authorities have been asked to rectify the minor defects.

The overhead electric traction wire snapped between Tiruvannamalai and Thurinjapuram, and the authorities have been asked to attend to it immediately, he said.

Mr. Mittal, who belongs to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, said that he would submit his report to his Ministry which has been engaged for the inspection, and the Civil Aviation Ministry would forward his report to the Ministry of Railways which would act on it. He was accompanied by Manjula Rangarajan, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Tiruchi, R.S. Raj Purohit, Additional DRM, Tiruchi, R.P. Udayakumar, Chief Project Manager (Railway Electrification), Chennai and J.S.P. Singh, Chief Electrical Engineer, Southern Railway.

Work on the electrification of the Vellore Cantonment-Villupuram- section commenced in 2010.

There are 12 stations on the route, namely Vellore Cantonment, Kaniyambadi, Kannamangalam, Arni Road, Polur, Agaram Sippandhi, Thurinjapuram, Tiruvannamalai, Thandarai, Tirukkovilur, Mambazhapattu and Villupuram.

  • Electric traction installed on the route charged with 25 Kilovolts power during inspection
  • Minor defects noticed, but work satisfactory enough to operate trains after rectification