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VLK/Villivakkam (4 PFs)
வில்லிவாக்கம்     विल्लिवाक्कम

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Villivakkam Railway Station, Villivakkam, Chennai, PIN CODE 600049
State: Tamil Nadu

Zone: SR/Southern   Division: MGR Chennai

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Jun 07 2021 (10:28) Work on Chennai Metro phase II project may start soon (
CMRL/Chennai Metro

News Entry# 455157  Blog Entry# 4979060   
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Jun 07 2021 (10:28)
Station Tag: Villivakkam/VLK added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147

Jun 07 2021 (10:28)
Station Tag: MGR Chennai Central/MAS added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147
The foundation stone being laid for the Metro phase II at Villivakkam. 
After years of planning, the Chennai Metro phase II project may finally start next week between Poonamallee and Porur, and the stretch will be the first to be opened after four years.
According to the officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), they awarded the ₹1,147 crore contract to the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) and KEC International Limited (KEC) joint venture last month to build the stretch, which covers a distance of 7.9 km. They had barricaded some stretches of
the road before starting work, officials said.
It will be built entirely as an elevated stretch with Chennai Bypass Crossing, Ramachandra Hospital, Iyyapanthangal Bus Depot, Katupakkam, Kumanan Chavadi, Karayan Chavadi, Mullai Thottam, Poonamallee Bus Terminus and Poonamallee Bypass as the stations on the route.
“We will do a small pooja next week and then start with test piling work. Piling is the first work in the elevated stretch and once this begins, the pier work will follow. Piling work may take up to a year or longer,” an official said.
There are also issues, like traffic regulations and utility cables, which have to be resolved before starting full-fledged construction.
While the construction of the stretch may take about three years, integration of signalling and telecommunications systems will take a few more months. The plan was to open it in four years after trials and testing, officials said.
Meanwhile, CMRL has awarded a contract to Larsen & Toubro for the 7.9 km stretch linking Porur to Power House.
Officials said the ground work for this stretch too could start this month.
Since both these stretches are elevated, Chennai Metro had planned to start work here first so that it can be completed quickly.
Oct 06 2019 (18:14) Defunct Anna Nagar station turns into a railway yard (
New Facilities/Technology

News Entry# 392820  Blog Entry# 4450970   
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Oct 06 2019 (18:15)
Station Tag: Villivakkam/VLK added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Oct 06 2019 (18:15)
Station Tag: Padi/PADI added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Oct 06 2019 (18:15)
Station Tag: Anna Nagar/ANNG added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948
Stations:  Villivakkam/VLK   Anna Nagar/ANNG   Padi/PADI  
In a small brick room near platform number one at the defunct Anna Nagar railway station, two police personnel attached to the Railway Protection Force look busy. While one of them is peering into the computer screen, the other checks the entries in the register.
They are not alone in their work — three pairs of high-resolution CCTV cameras along the platform are their allies.
For a defunct railway station, this seems like a lot of activity.
station is slowly turning into a railway yard for new coaches of the ICF and as well as a repair shed.
Overcrowding of coaches at the Villivakkam railway yard, which has only two rail lines, is said to be the reason for converting the railway station into an alternative railway yard.
Trials for new coaches are also being carried out at this station.
“As the rail line of the Anna Nagar railway station is in a good condition, we want to make use of it in testing new coaches and repairing old ones,” says a railway official.
“A separate 3.09-km rail line rolls out from ICF to the railway station for this purpose.”
The Anna Nagar and Padi railway station was opened in 2003 on the Chennai – Arakkonam suburban rail line.
Every day, on an average, five local trains were operated from Anna Nagar railway station to Central railway station mainly through Villivakkam before the train services were ended in 2007 due to poor patronage.
Currently, residents in the vicinity of the railway station are given membership by the Southern Railway to use the facility for walking. Railway officials say that most of the members are retired railway employees.
Membership is aimed at checking trespassing. In fact, the existing compound wall along the railway station was raised by a few more feet to prevent trespassing especially at night.
For a lone time, residents have been demanding that operation of local trains from the station be resumed as they have to go to Villivakkam or Korattur railway station to travel to other parts of the city.
Jul 11 2019 (21:34) Cauvery water to ease crisis in Chennai from Friday (
New Facilities/Technology

News Entry# 386510  Blog Entry# 4375535   
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Jul 11 2019 (21:34)
Station Tag: Villivakkam/VLK added by Awesome Speed 11139 40~/48335

Jul 11 2019 (21:34)
Station Tag: Chennai Egmore/MS added by Awesome Speed 11139 40~/48335

Jul 11 2019 (21:34)
Station Tag: MGR Chennai Central/MAS added by Awesome Speed 11139 40~/48335

Jul 11 2019 (21:34)
Station Tag: Vellore Town/VT added by Awesome Speed 11139 40~/48335

Jul 11 2019 (21:34)
Station Tag: Vellore Cantt./VLR added by Awesome Speed 11139 40~/48335

Jul 11 2019 (21:34)
Station Tag: Jolarpettai Junction/JTJ added by Awesome Speed 11139 40~/48335
This parched metropolis’ quench for water will ease a bit with the plan to transport 11 million litres of nature’s elixir from Jollarpettai in Vellore district through special trains set to take off on Friday.
Two trains carrying 2.7 million litres of water will make four trips a day beginning on Friday for six months to meet the needs of the city, which is reeling under an unprecedented water crisis.
The trial runs to pump the water from Mettu Sakrakuppam near Jollarpettai to the railway station’s filling point on Wednesday and Thursday have
been successful and water would be transported to Chennai from Friday morning. A new 3.5-km pipeline was laid to get the water from the pumping station to the railway station.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had on June 21 announced that the state government would transport 11 MLD water from Vellore district to ward off the water crisis. The state government, which allotted Rs 68 crores for the purpose, has been burning the midnight oil to ensure that the transportation of water from Jollarpettai to Chennai is successful.
Two trains with 50 wagons have been allotted by the Indian Railways for transporting the water and these trains will make four trips a day making the total amount of water to 11 million litres. A senior official with the Vellore district administration told DH that the water from Cauvery river and other sources is collected at a particular spot and brought to the pumping station from where it is pumped to the Jollarpettai station.
“Efforts have been taken to ensure that there is no problem in the transportation of water. Since one train can carry 2.7 million litres, the total amount of water supplied a day from here will be around 11 million litres,” the official said.
Chennai consumes more than 500 million litres of water and the unprecedented water crisis this year has forced the state administration to source it even from sand quarries and private wells in neighbouring districts.
“The trial runs have been conducted and the first train with water will leave Jollarpettai and reach Chennai on Friday morning,” Palaniswami told the Assembly on Thursday. The train would take five hours to reach Villivakkam from Jollarpettai.
A senior official with the Chennai Metro Water told DH that arrangements have been made to pump the water received at Villivakkam railway station in the city to the Kilpauk pumping station where it will be treated before distribution among the people.
“We hope the 11 million litres that we receive from tomorrow will ease the pressure a bit. The situation is much better than what it was in the second and third week of June. However, we are trying our maximum to ward off the crisis,” the official said.
In the past few weeks, Chennai had experienced its worst-ever water crisis with all four major lakes that supply drinking water to the city drying up completely. Several areas went out of water forcing people to wait for days to receive water as groundwater level depleted to a new low.
Nov 30 2018 (18:58) Southern Railway to run Tejas train between Chennai Egmore and Madurai (
New/Special Trains

News Entry# 370446  Blog Entry# 4056686   
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Nov 30 2018 (18:58)
Station Tag: Tiruchchirappalli Junction/TPJ added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 30 2018 (18:58)
Station Tag: Villivakkam/VLK added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 30 2018 (18:58)
Station Tag: Madurai Junction/MDU added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 30 2018 (18:58)
Station Tag: Chennai Egmore/MS added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948
CHENNAI: Southern Railway will operate a swanky Tejas train between Chennai Egmore and Madurai five days a week. The train will run at an average speed of 70kmph during the day-time, official sources said. The train, which will be started within a week, will have features like infotainment, luxurious seats, WiFi and modular toilets.It will start from Chennai Egmore around 6am and reach Madurai in six and a half hours. It would return to Chennai in the night, official sources said. The Tejas rake was churned out of the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai on Friday. It will reach Southern Railway's Villivakkam yard on Friday night. Initially, it would be run as a special and then regularised, said official sources.
For speedy access of ticketing facilities and optimum utilisation of railway resources, Southern Railway has launched Integrated Unreserved Ticketing System, merging ticket counters.
Published: 12th May 2018 04:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2018 04:37 AM   |  A+A A-
Indian Railways (Photo | PTI)
For speedy access of ticketing facilities and optimum utilisation of railway resources, Southern Railway (SR) has launched Integrated Unreserved Ticketing System (IUTS), merging both unreserved ticket counters and reserved ticket counters, at 138 stations in six divisions in Tamil Nadu and Kerala recently.
This means passengers will be able to purchase reserved tickets at unreserved ticket counters between 8 am and 8 pm at select stations in Madurai, Tiruchy and Salem divisions, while reserved ticket counters will also sell unreserved tickets during peak hours in Chennai division, said railway sources.
According to official records, the zone has 566 unreserved ticket counters across Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchy, Salem, Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad divisions, while it has only 121 reserved ticket counters. Though SR operates 74 additional counters for booking reserved tickets — 45 at non rail head (NRH) locations, 20 at post offices and nine Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK) counters operated by private agencies, it could not cater to demand.
Though more than 55 per cent of reserved tickets are booked through IRCTC, a section of passengers still wanted to purchase through counters. “Trains bound for southern Tamil Nadu has huge ticket demand and railways is unable to provide dedicated PRS counters for many stations in Madurai and Tiruchy divisions. So we have merged both UTS and PRS counters together at many stations in Tiruchy and Madurai division in the last two months,” said a senior railway official.
Of the 116 UTS counters, an UTS counter at each of 40 stations, including Pamban, Madurai East, Mettur and Kizhapuliyur railway stations, has been earmarked as IUTS counter for performing the dual role in Madurai division. As many as 28 counters out of 110 counters were converted as unified counters across Tiruchy division, while 18 counters were upgraded in Salem division. All the counters were upgraded in C, D and E category stations.
“Chennai division has limited demand for reservation counters. Six counters at Villivakkam, Puttur, Nayudupetta, Ekambarakuppam, Gudiyatham and Vaniyambadi have been selling both unreserved tickets and reserved tickets,” the official said.
The integrated ticketing system will enable railways to serve passengers without increasing manpower and creating additional infrastructure.  However, the railways said that functioning of the counters will depend on passenger patronage at the particular station.
“When smaller stations had passage of express and passenger trains, the ticketing staff has been directed to sell only unreserved tickets. During Tatkal hours, the counter staff will cater to passengers who want to purchase reserved tickets,” an officer explained.
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