Train service from Kollam to Madurai
Whether Railways have finalised its work completion schedule for Kollam-Punalur-Sengottai metre gauge conversion, if so, the details thereof; and by when will the trains from Kollam to Madurai would start their services through the new railway line?
The Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha said that on Kollam-Punalur-Sengottai route (94 Km), Kollam-Punalur section (45 Km) has been commissioned for passenger traffic and track linking in Punalur-Edamann (7 km) & Bhagavathipuram-Sengottai (7 Km) sections have been completed. In the balance portion i.e. Edamann-Bhagavathipuram (35 Km), earthwork, bridge works and tunnel works have been taken up.
As the remaining section is passing through Ghats involving a lot of uncertainties, it is not feasible to fix timeline for commissioning of balance section and starting of train services between Kollam and Madurai.