Perungalathur railway station

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Perungalathur
Station of Chennai Suburban Railway and Southern Railways
Perungalathur railway station.jpg
LocationNH-45, Perungalathur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 063, India
Coordinates12°54′15″N 80°5′39″E / 12.90417°N 80.09417°E / 12.90417; 80.09417Coordinates: 12°54′15″N 80°5′39″E / 12.90417°N 80.09417°E / 12.90417; 80.09417
Owned byMinistry of Railways, Indian Railways
Line(s)South and South West lines of Chennai Suburban Railway
Platforms2
Construction
Structure typeStandard on-ground station
ParkingAvailable
Other information
Station codePRGL
Fare zoneSouthern Railways
History
Electrified9 January 1965[1]
Previous namesSouth Indian Railway
Location
Perungalathur is located in Chennai
Perungalathur
Perungalathur
Location in Chennai
Perungalathur is located in Tamil Nadu
Perungalathur
Perungalathur
Location in Tamil Nadu
Perungalathur is located in India
Perungalathur
Perungalathur
Location in India

Perungalathur railway station is one of the railway station of the Chennai BeachChengelpet section of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network a suburb of Chennai. It serves the neighbourhoods of Perungalathur and Peerkankaranai. It is situated about 32 km (20 mi) from Chennai Beach and has an elevation of 26 m (85 ft) above sea level.

History[edit]

The lines at the station were electrified on 9 January 1965, with the electrification of the Tambaram–Chengalpattu section.[1]

Layout[edit]

The station has two platforms. The platforms in the station can presently accommodate only 12-car rakes. In 2012, Southern Railway began renovating the station, including expansion of the platforms to accommodate 12-car rakes.[2] There are two level crossings, namely, LC No. 32 on the northern end and LC No. 33 on the southern end,[3] on either side of the station, a few metres away from the platforms.[4] LC No. 32 comes within the Peerkankaranai Town Panchayat limits and LC No. 33 comes under the jurisdiction of Perungalathur Town Panchayat. So the Railways has decided to build a mini platform to accommodate three coaches without closing either level crossings. This would be in use until both the level crossings are replaced by road over bridges.[5]

Traffic[edit]

As of 2012, 84 trains halt at the station and about 10,000 commuters use the station daily.[2]

Per a traffic census conducted in March 2006, LC No. 32 witnessed a traffic flow of 861,000 train vehicle units and LC No. 33 witnessed 743,000 train vehicle units.[3]

Developments[edit]

In 2011, a road overbridge was planned to replace LC-32. The ramps of the overbridge would descend on the proposed 500-million Eastern Bypass project connecting Velachery Main Road at Rajakilpakkam and GST Road near the station. A pedestrian subway was also planned to replace LC-33.[4]

Accidents[edit]

As of 2012, an average of at least five people are killed on the track every month at the station.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "IR Electrification Chronology up to 31.03.2004". History of Electrification. IRFCA.org. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Perungalathur railway station in makeover mode". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b Manikandan, K. (10 June 2008). "Perungalathur railway station level-crossing may be closed". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b Manikandan, K. (18 May 2011). "Road overbridge, subway to come up in Perungalathur". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  5. ^ Manikandan, K. (29 April 2012). "Mini platform to accommodate 12-car rakes". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 21 December 2014.