padil: Commissioning of the Padil-kulashekar double-line section | Mangaluru News

Mangaluru: The double line section between Padil and Kulashekar including the new tunnel (Tunnel No. 4B) was certified fit and commissioned by the railways at 2:50 a.m. Monday.
Train service no. 12618 Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Junction Mangala Lakshadweep Express crossed the newly commissioned double line section at 3:34 a.m. in the downhill direction. In the uphill direction, the service of train no. 12617 Ernakulam Junction-Nizamuddin Mangala Lakshadweep Express passed through the newly commissioned ascending line and a new tunnel at 3:41 a.m.
With the completion of the doubling works, the Jokkatte-Padil double line section has come into being and the temporarily operational station maintained at Kulashekhar is being phased out, said Southern Railway, Palakkad division. The 2.26 km long Padil – Kulasekhar loop (including a new 780 m tunnel upstream) is the fourth and final stage of a 19 km loop between Mangaluru Junction and Panambur. Thus, a bottleneck in the railway operations due to the presence of a short single line section (2.26 km) will be eliminated and the railway will be able to effectively utilize the Mangaluru Junction – Jokatte – Panambur section.
At present, coach trains are frequently stuck at Mangaluru Junction and Jokkatte for lack of passage, especially when the trains are late. Freight trains must be moved between drive trains whenever the path is available. Consequently, freight trains are now frequently held up at Panambur and Jokkatte stations. With the introduction of doubling, the retention of these freight trains will also be minimized. Tunnel n°4B: The new tunnel (n°4B) is the culmination of the project. It is the fourth railway tunnel under the jurisdiction of Palakkad division. The tunnel is 780 meters long and 6.18 meters wide. The height of the tunnel is 6.8 meters. The conventional drill and blast method was used for tunneling. The cost of the project is around Rs 70 crore.