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772/2021-22 14-03-2022


Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Southern Circle, Bengaluru Shri Abhai Kumar Rai, will  conduct  a Preliminary Inspection  in the  newly laid 2.26 km  railway line between  Padil - Kulashekara o­n 12.03.2022. 

The inspection is precursor to the signal disconnection (Pre Non -Interlocked working) and track connection work (Non-interlocked working) to connect the new line with the existing railway lines as part of the doubling work in the section

Inspection using the motor trolley will commence from the Padil station yard at 10.00 hrs.  o­n the course,  CRS  will inspect the curve, minor bridge, Point, Height cutting and  Tunnel  in  the section. The inspection will  conclude at Jokkatte station at 13.00 hrs.

Following this a Speed trial will be held in  Jokkatte - Padil section between 12.00 hrs. 14.30 hrs.

People residing in the vicinity of the railway line between Padil – Jokatte  Railway stations are hereby cautioned not to approach or trespass the railway lines.

During the inspection, CRS will be accompanied by Shri Trilok Kothari, Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad Division and other  higher officials of Southern Railway.

About the new infrastructure

Padil - Kulasekhara doubling work for a length of 2.26 Km (including a new tunnel of 780 m o­n the Up line) is the 4th and final stage of 19 km patch doubling work between Mangaluru Junction and Panambur.  

The new Tunnel (No. 4B ) is the highlight of the project. This is the fourth railway tunnel in   Palakkad Division jurisdiction. (Other than the existing tunnel in  Kulashekara, The other two tunnels are o­n the up and down line  between  Kasaragod - Kottikulam) 

The tunnel has 780 metre length and 6.18 metre in breadth. The height of the tunnel is 6.8 metre. The Conventional drill and blast method was used for the tunneling.  The tunnel work alone cost approximately Rs. 70 Crore.      

Pre Non Interlocked  (Pre- NI) working  and Non Interlocked  (NI)  Working

Southern Railway is planning three days pre NI-working and continuous 11 hrs.  NI working to connect the newly laid  line with the existing lines. The work is likely to be taken up in the  third week of this month.

Advantages with the doubling in Padil - Kulasekhara section

With the doubling in Padil  -Kulasekhara section, a  bottleneck in train operations existed with the short single line section (2.26 km) will get eliminated.

At present, the line capacity of the section is o­nly 24 trains in each direction and line capacity utilization of the section is 115%.

At present coaching trains are frequently held up at Mangaluru Junction  and Jokkatte  for want of passage, especially when trains are running out of path (running late).

Freight trains are to be moved in between the coaching trains whenever path is available.   Hence freight trains are now frequently detained at Panambur and Jokkatte stations. With the introduction of doubling, detention to these freight trains can be minimized.


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