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Manamadurai–Virudhunagar line

Manamadurai–Virudhunagar line
Type Regional rail
Heavy rail
Status Operating
Locale Tamil Nadu
Termini Manamadurai Junction (MNM)
Virudhunagar Junction (VPT)
Stations 5
Services 1
Opened May 2, 1964 (1964-05-02)
Owner Indian Railways
Operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Depot(s) Golden Rock
Line length 67 km (42 mi)
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Loading gauge 4,725 mm × 3,660 mm (15 ft 6.0 in × 12 ft 0.1 in) (BG)[1]
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Route number 66[2]
Route map

The Manamadurai–Virudhunagar line is a railway line connecting Virudhunagar and Manamadurai towns in Tamil Nadu.


A new railway line from Manamadurai JunctionVirudhunagar Junction was proposed in the Third Five Year plan, which was supposed to ease the pressure on the existing Manamadurai JunctionMadurai Junction and Madurai JunctionVirudhunagar Junction sections.[3] On 1 September 1963, the 22.66 kilometres (14.08 mi) Virudhunagar JunctionAruppukkottai section was opened,[4] along with Aruppukkottai railway station in the same year by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, K. Kamaraj.[5] And on 2 May 1964, the rest of 43.89 kilometres (27.27 mi) AruppukkottaiManamadurai Junction section was thrown to traffic.[6] Opened with meter gauge tracks, the 67 kilometres (42 mi) section had three crossing railway stations viz., Aruppukkottai, Tiruchchuli and Narikkudi catering immensely the passengers of the region and Tuticorin for traffic of goods.[7]

Gauge conversions

Under Project Unigauge, the conversion from metre gauge to broad gauge was effected and the section was closed for operation during 2008. Initiated at a projected cost of 90 crore (US$14 million) and scheduled for completion by 2010, operational delays overran the project, shooting the budget up to 180 crore (US$27 million).[7] The section which had 22 unmanned level crossings[8] underwent safety inspection on 21 June 2013 for operational fitness.[9] Finally, at a cost of 231.58 crore (US$35 million) the section consisting of five major bridges, 145 minor bridges and five railway stations (including 3 crossing stations) under Virudhunagar and Sivaganga districts was re-opened for traffic on 14 July 2013 by the Union Minister of state for Civil Aviation, K. C. Venugopal.[10][11]


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External links

  • Southern Railways - Official Website
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