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Southern Railway to Study New Tracks in Coimbatore Region

Southern Railway has agreed to conduct studies for two proposed new railway lines in the Coimbatore region following the last DRUCC meeting of the Salem Division. One proposal involves laying a new track between Mettupalayam and Tiruppur via Annur, while the other aims to establish a path from Coimbatore to Karur via Podanur, Chettipalayam, Palladam, Kangayam, and Vellakovil. These initiatives, put forth by N. Subramanian, General Secretary of Podanur Rail Users’ Association, are expected to enhance connectivity and alleviate congestion at Coimbatore Junction. Subramanian emphasised the benefits for traders, farmers, and workers, particularly highlighting the direct rail connectivity between Mettupalayam and Tiruppur. Additionally, the presence of textile and poultry industries along the proposed Coimbatore-Karur track is anticipated to generate significant revenue for the Railways. The authorities also hinted at considering the introduction of overnight trains to Bengaluru city or Mysuru from Coimbatore post the completion of coaching depot works at Podanur Junction. Responding to demands for a service from Coimbatore to Puducherry via various stations, Railway authorities have forwarded a proposal to utilize the Lie Over Time of Train No. 12516/15 Silchar-Coimbatore-Silchar Express rake to operate a weekly service to Thanjavur, indicating potential developments in regional railway services.

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