Kottayam ∙ Chingavanam – Etumanur railway double track today, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated in Kochi, events will also be held at Kottayam railway station. The program attended by the Prime Minister will be held at Nedumbassery Sial Convention Centre. The ceremony will be held at the first platform of Kottayam railway station from 5:45 pm onwards. The Prime Minister’s program will be telecasted live. Kottayam – Ernakulam MEMU service flagged off by the Prime Minister to inaugurate the path.
Kayamkulam – Ernakulam passenger rake starting tomorrow will be used for flagoff. Thomas Chazhikadan MP will flag off MEMU at Kottayam station. The work was completed on May 29 and the dual carriageway was opened for traffic. Only the line construction on platform A for passenger and MEMU trains is yet to be completed. Upgradation of Piravam Road, Vaikom, Changanassery, Chingavanam, Kattururthi, Kurupantara and Etumanur stations has been completed. A new platform has been upgraded at Kumaranallur, the halt station.
Development projects implemented at Kottayam station
∙ 6 platforms including 5 main platforms and one passenger/memu platform.
∙ New AC waiting center at 1st platform. It is not open to passengers.
∙ State’s largest pilgrim center for Sabarimala pilgrims. 3 floor building with washrooms near the 1st gate. Ayyappa will be opened for devotees this season.
∙ Two new footbridges. A new bridge near the Nagampadam railway flyover is ready. The bridge will connect the platforms from the proposed second gate.
∙ The main gate of the station has been renovated in Kerala architectural style. The escalator to the first platform has been restored.
Kottayam is yet to come
∙ 2nd gate of Nagampadu Kottayam station. Direct access to the station from MC Road. Parking facility for 160 cars. May be completed in December.
∙ Ticket counter at the second gate. Thomas Chazhikadan has informed the Railways that MP funds will be allocated for installing ticket machines.
∙ New flyover connecting all platforms. The outline is ready.
∙ Upgradation of roads around railway station. Officials say that it will start soon after the rains stop.
∙ Construction of lift on the first platform is not completed. Renovation of Second Class Waiting Hall is underway. A new VIP waiting area is also being prepared.
∙ Complete roof for 4,5 platforms. Toilet facilities should also be provided on these platforms.
Construction of dual carriageway has been completed. The Union Minister of Railways was personally invited for the inauguration of the path. He informed that the Prime Minister will inaugurate. The next step is to complete the renovation of Kottayam station. A meeting will be called soon to review the construction.Thomas Chazhikadan MP
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