The single line bottleneck not only led to trains skipping Coimbatore Junction but also hampered timely operation of trains departing from and arriving at Coimbatore Junction. During peak hours, there had been instances of trains being held up at Junction.Hence, the second line had been a major demand for several years. Initiated about two decades ago, the project is almost nearing completion. While lines had been laid, connecting them at a few places and installation of new manual signal points and linking them to stations are pending.
The authorities hope to complete the same within another 45 to 60 days, so that the second line could become fully operational.Only a couple of days ago, the authorities constructed a local trial run on the Coimbatore Junction – Podanur second line.On Wednesday, the loco trial run was initiated from Coimbatore Junction and it covered a distance of 6.7 km from Coimbatore North to Pilamedu and another 4.8 km from Irugur – Pilamedu. The loco trial run was specifically for the Pilamedu – Irugur section.
The Deputy Chief Engineer, Construction, Rajagopal, Pilamedu Station Inspector Thomas and a couple of other officials supervised the trial run.Authorities plan to complete even the other remaining works so that the entire stretch of the second line from Irugur – Pilamedu – Coimbatore North – Coimbatore Junction and Podanur could be put into use well ahead of the World Classical Tamil Conference in June 2010 thereby ensuring timely operation of trains besides handling more trains without facing pathway congestion.