A proposal to develop the Podanur Junction station with additional lines for maintenance of coaches is under consideration of the railway board.
Once accomplished, the additional infrastructure will help to accommodate more trains originating from Coimbatore, Podanur and Mettupalayam stations.
The ministry of railways came up with the response to an online query on railway infrastructure development in Coimbatore district by J Sathish, coordinator of the Coimbatore Development Council.
Sathish had asked about the infrastructural constraints in the Coimbatore – Mettupalayam line. He asked for a pit lane, stabling line and maintenance facilities at the Mettupalayam station.
Two trains cannot cross in the single line between the 33km stretch from north Coimbatore to Mettupalayam due to a lack of crossing stations in between. Without having the required infrastructure, additional trains cannot be operated on the route.
Responding to the query, the ministry informed that additional lines for maintenance of coaches are under consideration in Podanur station. However, the platform running line extension work for the provision of the crossing of full-length trains at Karamadai station is under progress in a phased manner.
On completion, it will enable the crossing of trains in the single line section between Coimbatore north, Mettupalayam – Coimbatore north section. Thudiyalur and Periyanaickenpalayam are the halt stations in the section and the development of the stations into fully-functional crossing stations will be considered based on line capacity.
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