Railway Track Doubling of the of 86.56-km Thiruvananthapuram Central- Nagercoil Junction- Kanniyakumari rail line begin on January 23 with Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain laying the stone for the same. This section was under Southern Railway which being a part of Indian Railways. Due to Single track & traffic signal The Southern Railway only operates only few trains to Chennai, Tirichy, Madurai and Banglore. But Railway Passengers from Eraniel and around Kanyakumari District request the Railway Board to operate more train to the desired location. After a long time the Railway department has allocated fund to stretch the railway lane, doubling the track and electrifying.
The alignment has been finalised from Eraniel to Nagercoil- Kanyakumari. The work is being taken up with March 2022 as target. Work for bridges and earthwork on the 5.5-km Nagercoil- Kanniyakumari section has been awarded. Railways had land in the 24 km Eraniel-Nagercoil section. Bids could be floated for works in the 47-km Eraniel-Thiruvananthapuram Central corridor only after Tamil Nadu and Kerala handed over land.
Now the sand has been dumped into deep side for the stretch from Eraniel Railway Station to Eraniel Konam railway bridge. This work was in full swing with large amount of machinery and trucks. By dumping sand, the level of the land has been increased and now its upto the old railway track near Eraniel Konam Railway bridge. On the other side, they have to dump the sand from Eraiel Konam Railway bridge to Melparai. There may be two bridges at Eraniel in Eraniel Konam connecting Eraniel- Thuckalay Road as well as in Valliaru near to Marthandeswaram Temple.
The double line will help Railways to operate more trains to Nagercoil, Madurai, Chennai, Bengaluru as well as to Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam , Cochin, Mumbai via Eraniel Railway Station
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