Tiruchirappalli railway division

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Tiruchirappalli railway division
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Office of TPJ Divisional Headquarters
Overview
Headquarters Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Reporting mark TPJ
Locale Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
Dates of operation16 May 1956;67 years ago (1956-05-16)present
Predecessor South Indian Railway
Technical
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Previous gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Length1,026.55 km (637.87 mi)
Other
Website www.sr.indianrailways.gov.in

Tiruchirappalli railway division(Tamil: [திருச்சிராப்பள்ளிரயில்கோட்டம்] ) is one of the six railway divisions of Southern Railway zone (SR) of India. It has its administrative headquarters located at Tiruchirappalli. It serves most of the districts of delta region and Central Tamil Nadu. [1] [2]

Contents

History and background

The history of division dates long back to 1853, when the Great Southern of India Railway Company was established with its headquarters at England and first line was constructed between Negapatnam and Trichinopoly in 1859. [3] Tiruchirappalli railway division was formed while consolidating all other railways of pre-independence era on 16 May 1956. It is the second largest division of the zone having a route length of about 1,026.55 km (637.87 mi), [4] spread over 13 districts of Tamil Nadu. [5] Also this could be the only division in the world that is serving the railway lines of erstwhile South Indian Railway Company and Pondicherry Railway Company developed by the British empire and French empire respectively. [6] [7] [8]

Administration

The division comes under Southern Railway zone, which is headed by General Manager, A. K. Agarwal. [9] The division is headed by Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Manish Agarwal. [10] It was also once headed by Manjula Rangarajan, a 1983 batch Indian Railway Accounts Service officer, who became the first woman to head the division in its 150-year history. [11] [lower-alpha 1] The divisional railway office (DRO) is located close to Tiruchirappalli Junction, [12] which is one of the busiest railway junctions in India and second biggest railway station in Tamil Nadu only next to Chennai Central. [13] Commercial Controller 9003864970

Jurisdiction

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Diesel Loco Shed, Golden Rock

The division spans to Tiruchirappalli, Thanjavur, Nagappattinam, Mayiladuthurai, Cuddalore Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Ariyalur, Viluppuram, Tiruvarur, and Perambalur districts of Tamil Nadu state and Union Territory of Puducherry including Karaikal. The total area covered by the division is about 1,026.55 km (637.87 mi), of which BG accounts to 843.26 km (523.98 mi) (including electrified lines) and MG is 183.29 km (113.89 mi), which are all under Gauge conversion. [1]

The 2.8 km (1.7 mi) stretch between Golden Rock and Tiruchirappalli Junction is operating with Triple line, as Both Chord Line and Main Line runs parallel between these stations and for extensive shunting and maintenance purpose due to the proximity of Central Workshop, Diesel loco shed [14] and a newly established electric locomotive trip shed, [15] the entire division has single lines [10] except for Trichy–Viluppuram Section of Chord Line which has been completely Upgraded to Double Line Electrified Section (FEDL).

Routes [16]

FromToLineGaugeTrackTraction [17] Chainage
from
Chainage
to
Distance
(in km)
Status
Tiruchirappalli FortTiruchirappalli JunctionBranch LineBGSingleDiesel/Electric136.43141.105Active
Viluppuram JunctionTiruchirappalli Junction Chord line BGDoubleDiesel/Electric161.60341.60180Active
Viluppuram JunctionKatpadi (Excluding)Branch lineBGSingleDiesel/Electric0.00159.10159Active
Viluppuram JunctionPuducherryBranch lineBGSingleDiesel/Electric0.0037.6238Active
Viluppuram JunctionTiruchirappalli Junction Main line BGSingle/Double a Diesel/Electric b 162.76406.80244Active
Cuddalore Port JunctionVridhachalam JunctionBranch lineBGSingleDiesel0.0058.2758Active
Mayiladuthurai JunctionKaraikkudi JunctionBranch lineBGSingleDiesel/Electric c 0.00187.03187Active
Tiruturaipundi JunctionKodiyarkarai (point Calimere)Spur LineBGSingleDiesel0.0036.9137Active
Thanjavur JunctionKaraikalBranch lineBGSingleDiesel/Electric0.0096.4696Active
Nidamangalam JunctionMannargudiSpur lineBGSingleDiesel0.0013.9614Active
Nagapattinam JunctionVelankanniSpur lineBGSingleDiesel0.0010.4010Active
PeralamKaraikalBranch lineMGSingleDiesel0.00-23.06Under Gauge Conversion
Mayiladuthurai JunctionTaragambadi (trabquebar)Spur lineMGSingleDiesel0.00-29.20Under Gauge Conversion

^a Doubline line is available between Tiruchirappalli Junction and Thanjavur Junction only.
^b Electric Traction available between Mayiladuthurai Junction and Thanjavur Junction.
^c Electric Traction is available between Mayiladuthurai Junction and Tiruvarur Junction.

List of railway stations and towns

The list includes the stations under the Trichy railway division and their station category. [18] [19]

Classification based on old nomenclature
Category of stationNo. of stationsNames of stations
A-1 Category1 Tiruchirappalli Junction
A Category4 Thanjavur Junction, Viluppuram Junction, Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai Junction
B Category4 Nagapattinam Junction, Puducherry, Vriddhachalam Junction, Ariyalur
C Category
(Suburban station)
D Category6 Thiruvarur Junction, Mannargudi, Velankanni, Srirangam, Chidambaram, Nidamangalam Junction
E Category1 Karaikal
F Category
Halt Station
Total
Classification based on new nomenclature [20]
Category of stationNo. of stationsNames of stations
NSG-10
NSG-20
NSG-33 Tiruchirappalli Junction, Thanjavur Junction, Viluppuram Junction
NSG-44 Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai Junction, Nagapattinam Junction, Puducherry
NSG-520 Vriddhachalam Junction, Thiruvarur Junction, Mannargudi, Velankanni, Ariyalur, Srirangam, Chidambaram, Nidamangalam Junction, Karaikal, Tirukkovilur, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore Cantonment, Tiruchirappalli Fort, Nagore, Lalgudi, Tiruverumbur, Papanasam, Sirkazhi, Cuddalore Port Junction, Thirupadiripuliyur.
NSG-667Turinjapuram, Agastiampalli, Panruti, Aduturai, Budalur, Polur, Vaithisvarankoil, Pennadam, Kutralam, Peralam, Tiruchchirappalli town, Chinnababu samudram, Sendurai, Mathur, Ponmalai (golden rock), Arni road, Adirampattinam, Koradacheri, Ulundurpet, Pullambadi, Arantangi, Pattukottai, Tiruturaipundi Junction, Kannamangalam, Kallakkudi palanganatham, Vadalur, Nellikuppam, Neyveli, Tiruvennainallur road, Alakkudi, Peravuruni, Saliyamangalam, Kizhvelur, Kurinjipadi, Parikkal, Valadi, Thiruthuraiyur, Pandaravadai, Kulikarai, Melpattambakkam, Tillaivilagam, Kollidam, Puvanur, Ichchangadu, Sundaraperumal Koil, Sillakkudi, Kandambakkam, Alapakam, Kille, Anandatandavapuram, Solagampatti, Tirunelikaval, Talanallur, Titte, Nannilam, Serndanur, Uttangal mangalam, Ottakovil, Kallagam, Periyakottai, Ayingudi, Puduchattiram, Kaniyambadi, Mambalapattu, Venkatesapuram, Agaram sibbandi, Tandarai.
SG-1, SG-2, SG-30
HG-11Villiyanur
HG-214Manjattidal, Vriddhachalam town, Tiruchchirappalli palakarai, Valavanur, Tiruvidaimarudur, Aiyanapuram, Darasuram, Ammapet, Parangipettai, Velippalaiyam, Swamimalai, Nidur, Pichchandar Koil, Velore town.
HG-337Valaramanikkam, Muthupettai, Tirunageswaram, Ichchangadu, Vellur, Narasinganpet, Onnupuram, Kuthur, Sikkal, Adhichchanur, Koyilvenni, Andanappettai, Capper quarry, Adiyakkamangalam, Tondamanpatti, Tirumalairayan Pattinam, Pasupathikoil, Kudikadu, Sedarampattu, Ayyampet, Tirumathikunnam, Alattambadi, Vallampadugai, Manali, Mangudi, Mavur road, Punthottam, Ammanur, Andampallam, Ayandur, Kandanur puduvayal, Kattur, Madimangalam, Ottankadu, Pennathur, Uthamar kovil, Varakalpattu.
Unclassified/Closed15Teli, Mugaiyur, Velanandal, Meppuliyur, Kullanchavadi, Malliyam, Manganallur, Mandurai, Kadambankulam, Mariamman Koil, Kodikkalpalayam, Virkudi, Pandi, Kariyapattinam, Merpanaikkadu
Total161

Operations

Passenger services

The division involves in operating about 150 trains per day, [21] of which the 178 km (111 mi) stretch chord line experiences heaviest traffic [22] handling about 30 passenger and 56 express trains passing through everyday in addition to goods train, particularly during night. [23] [24]

The division operates about 30 Passenger Reservation System (PRS) centers [25] which includes six post offices at Villianur, Tiruvettipuram, Peravurani, Muthupet, Srirangam, and Ponmalai under the 1,000 PRS scheme, as a part of improving passenger amenities. At the headquarters station, plasma screen electronic display boards, electronic train arrival/departure boards were installed along with a renovated linen room and Integrated Security System to enhance security. [26]

The division became the first in the Southern Railway zone to install multi-coloured LED coach indication boards at Kumbakonam railway station during November 2013 and at Tiruchirappalli junction during January 2014, for Platform.no.1 alone which is supposed to be extended till Platform no.5 and also at about 17 other stations including Viluppuram Junction, Puducherry, Thanjavur Junction, Mayiladuthurai Junction and Mannargudi within the division. [27]

Freight services

The division has provided team tracks for a number of Industrial establishments [6] adjoining the railway lines utilising the nearby railway stations for their logistics and transports such as Central Workshop (Golden Rock), Cement and gypsum factories (Trichy, Perambalur and Ariyalur), [28] [29] [30] Lignite industries (Neyveli), [31] Sugar factories (Viluppuram and Vridhachalam), [32] FCI and Civil supplies (Cauvery delta districts) [33] [34] also BHEL (Tiruverumbur), [35] and ports (Cuddalore and Karaikal). [29] [36] [37] [38]

Performance

Revenue

The division posted a decent earning of 733.10 crore (US$92 million) during the financial year during 2012–2013 . It carried 42.5 million passenger and earned 233.15 crore (US$29 million) from regular and festival special trains and 449.92 crore (US$56 million), by transporting 9,000,000 metric tons (8,900,000 long tons ; 9,900,000 short tons ) of freight, [26] of which karaikal port alone contributes about 40% of the revenue. [29]

Awards

The division won the overall efficiency medical shield, cleanliness shield and electrical conservation shield for 2012–2013 at the zonal level, in addition to the overall safety shield at the Annual Safety Week Celebrations held at Zonal Railway Training Institute. [26]

Towns and places of interest

On the chord line were Srirangam, [39] Ariyalur, Vridhachalam Jn and Viluppuram Junction. On the main line and branch lines that traverses through delta districts has a lot of greenery in the form of agriculture and towns of religious importance like Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Sirkazhi, Chidambaram, Cuddalore, [40] Nagore, Velankanni, Tirunallar. [6] [41]

Current projects

S.NoSectionNature of workStatus
FromViaTo
1 Salem Junction Namakkal → Perambalur → AriyalurJayankondam
GangaikondacholapuramMayiladuthurai Junction → Tirunallar
Karaikal New lineSurvey completed [42]
2 Tiruturaipundi Junction Melamarudur → Vedaranyam AgastiyampalliGauge ConversionIn progress [5]
3 Nagapattinam Junction Tirukuvalai Tiruturaipundi Junction New line [lower-alpha 2] In progress [43] [44] [45]
4 Mannargudi TBA Pattukkottai New lineIn progress [42] [46]
5 Thanjavur Junction Pattukkottai
New lineIn Progress
6 Thanjavur Junction Ariyalur
New lineSurvey completed [42]
7 Mayiladuthurai Junction TarangambadiTirunallar Karaikal New lineSurvey completed [42]
8 Kumbakonam Jayankondam Virudhachalam Junction New LineSurvey Completed [47]
9 Peralam Junction Tirunallar Karaikal RestorationIn progress [48] [49]
10 Tiruchirappalli Pudukkottai, Karaikudi, Manamadurai, Paramakkudi, Ramanathapuram Rameswaram ElectrificationIn progress [50]

Employees

The division has a total workforce of about 11,430 in various ranks. [51]

Welfare

Healthcare

The division manages one Divisional Railway Hospital, one Sub-divisional Railway Hospital and seven Health Units/Polyclinics. [52] [53] The Divisional Railway Hospital is at Golden Rock, which was established by the then South Indian Railway Company in 1927, caters exclusively to railway staff of the entire division, has about 297 beds [54] [55] including 100 beds in the newly opened surgical ward. [26] Apart from DRH, Golden Rock, the division has 25-bed Sub-divisional Hospital at Viluppuram and eight Railway Health Units at Tiruchirappalli Junction, Tiruchirappalli Fort, Srirangam, Vriddhachalam, Tiruvannamalai, Thanjavur, Mayiladuthurai and Tiruvarur. [56] [57]

Education

The division oversees the management of railway schools within its jurisdictional limit at Tiruchirappalli (SRWWO Matriculation School at Kallukuzhi and RMHSS/GOC) and Viluppuram (RMHSS/VM). [58] [59]

Security

Railway Protection Force (RPF)

About 275 security personnels including 30 commandos, [60] headed by Divisional Security Commissioner, oversee the security arrangements on day-to-day basis round the clock for the entire division which includes protecting railway infrastructure, escorting passengers in trains and operations in all railway stations. [61] Before being put into active service, all security personnel undergo training at Zonal RPF Training Center at Khajamalai, Tiruchirapalli. [62] [63]

Government Railway Police (GRP)

Apart from RPF, the Government Railway Police (GRP), a unit of Tamil Nadu Police also assists in civil and criminal issues at railway stations along with passenger safety. This unit was first established in 1932 with Trichy as its headquarters. Later in 1981, the unit was bifurcated and the headquarters was moved to Chennai. [64] This unit has about 1400 personnel, headed by a Superintendent of Police. The jurisdictional limit starts from Viluppuram in the north to Kuzhithurai railway station in the south and Karaikal in the east to Palani in the west. [65] It has about 16 police stations and 14 out-posts along with mobile units in Nellai Express and Rameswaram Express. [66]

See also

Notes

  1. The administrators may change from time to time for administrative reasons.
  2. For all new lines, the route and its length are determined only after the completion of the work, since the planned routes may undergo unexpected changes due to various social and economic conditions.

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