Big renovation under way at Arakkonam station

By NT Bureau Published on Apr 21, 2018 06:33 PM IST

Chennai: Arakkonam Railway Station will witness major renovation work from today and will continue till 6 May. As part of the work, train services on this section has been diverted and some of them have been cancelled.

Speaking about the renovation work at a press meet here on Friday, Chennai Division Divisional Railway Manager Naveen Gulati said about 967 local and express train services operated in the Chennai-Arakkonam section will get disrupted to facilitate yard remodelling works.

He further said due to the ongoing works, 490 train services will be cancelled, including 416 local services operated in the Chennai-Arakkonam-Tiruttani section and 59 passenger trains and 15 Express services passing through Arakkonam. A total of 477 trains, including Express and passenger services, will be partially cancelled and diverted via alternative routes, he said.

Gulati said said line block was sanctioned for five hours between 20 April and 1 May. During this period, there will not be much train disruption. From 2 to 6 May, the signalling system of the Arakkonam yard will not be available and of the 10 running lines, only two will be available without signalling system, due to which Express trains will be cancelled. On an average, a total of 81 EMU train services will be cancelled a day, he said.

The yard remodelling works involve straightening of platforms 1 and 2 to accommodate 26 coaches, and extending the length of platforms 10 and 11 to accommodate 24 coaches.

An additional line of 945 m platform (1A) will be developed.

Gulati said though the remodelling works would cause minor inconvenience, they would enable faster movement of trains and paveĀ  way for infrastructure improvement at Arakkonam. He also urged the passengers to check train availability for the 17 days.

"We have opened passenger information centres at Arakkonam, Chennai Central, Tiruvallur and Tiruttani. The details of cancelled trains will be intimated through display boards at all stations," he added.

Between 1 to 6 May nine pairs of passenger specials are planned between Chennai and Tiruvalangadu. Except those trains diverted, all Express trains will stop at Arakkonam, the DRM said.

He added that separate timetable would be released for specials operated to Tiruttani. During this period, all mails and Express trains running on the Gudur-Chennai/Perambur-Arakkonam-Jolarpettai route will be diverted via the Gudur-Renigunta -Tiruttani-Melpakkam-Katpadi section, he said.

If passengers do not wish to travel on the diverted routes, they can cancel tickets and train fare will be refunded. "We have also intimated the train cancellation through mobile text messages and social media," he said.