Perungalathur railway station

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Perungalathur
பெருங்களத்தூர்
Station of Chennai Suburban Railway and Southern Railways
Location NH-45, Perungalathur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 063, India
Coordinates 12°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 by Ministry of Railways, Indian Railways
Line(s) South and South West lines of Chennai Suburban Railway
Platforms 2
Construction
Structure type Standard on-ground station
Parking Available
Other information
Station code PRGL
Fare zone Southern Railways
History
Electrified 9 January 1965[1]
Previous names South Indian Railway

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 from Chennai Beach and has an elevation of 26 m 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 Nov 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Perungalathur railway station in makeover mode". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 19 Jan 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Manikandan, K. (10 June 2008). "Perungalathur railway station level-crossing may be closed". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 19 Jan 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Manikandan, K. (18 May 2011). "Road overbridge, subway to come up in Perungalathur". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 19 Jan 2013. 
  5. ^ Manikandan, K. (29 April 2012). "Mini platform to accommodate 12-car rakes". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 21 Dec 2014.