Chennai: Tens of thousands of commuters on the southern suburbs of the city are in for happy times, as the fourth line between Tambaram and Chengalpet becomes operational within a week.
Besides helping the Railways to maintain punctuality, this move would also result in operation of more trains.
About 11 km of the newly laid third line between Tambaram and Guduvancheri was inspected by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) on Thursday. The team also conducted a high-speed trail in the reverse direction, for which an empty rake was operated at a speed of 130 km/ph.
In the first phase laying of tracks, platforms and electrification of Chengalpattu-Singaperumal kovil stations were done; second phase works for the path connecting Singaperumal Kovil, Maraimalai nagar, Kattankalathur, Potheri and Guduvancheri; the last phase works for the path connecting Guduvancheri, Urapakkam, Vandalur, Perungalathur and Tambaram. The test run between Singaperumal Kovil to Guduvancheri was conducted at the end of 2020.
According to officials, three tracks on the Tambaram-Chengalpet section are currently being used for operating suburban train services on the Chengalpet-Chennai Beach section, Chennai Beach-Chengalpet section, south-bound express trains and those coming from the south.
Besides speeding up express trains, the new line is expected to reduce track congestion in Chengalpattu – Tambaram section, thus facilitating increase in suburban services during peak hours.