Guruvayur–Thrissur spur line
|Guruvayur–Thrissur spur line|
View of Thrissur railway station
|Opened||9 January 1994|
|Owner||Southern Railway zone|
|Operator(s)||Thiruvananthapuram railway division|
|Line length||23 kilometres (14 mi)|
|Number of tracks||1|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
Guruvayur–Thrissur section is a spur line functioning under Trivandrum railway division of Southern Railway Zone. This is a single Broad Gauge line which begins at Thrissur city and ends at Guruvayur in Thrissur District of Kerala. The 23 kilometres (14 mi) section was opened for traffic in the year 1994. The line connects the Cultural Capital of Kerala, Thrissur to the Temple Town of Kerala, Guruvayur, the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day.
In 1983, Kamalpati Tripathi, then Minister of Railways (India) announced the construction of Thrissur-Guruvayur-Kuttipuram section. But following stiff opposition from the local people, Kuttipuram was dropped. After carrying out detailed studies and examining various alternatives, it was decided to connect Tanur, on the Shoranur - Mangalore Section, to Guruvayur. On 19 January 1985 Indian Railway officially notifies Guruvayur-Tanur line for construction as temple town is a notified pilgrimage area. Rajiv Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India in 1987 inaugurated the first alignment line of Guruvayur-Tanur section.
On 9 January 1994 the first phase of the Thrissur-Guruvayur section was inaugurated by Prime Minister of India, Narasimha Rao. On 17 December 1995, Suresh Kalmadi and then Chief Minister of Kerala Kannoth Karunakaran inaugurated the work for the Guruvayur-Kuttipuram line. But later Kuttipuram was dropped once more and Indian Railways in 1997 give the green signal for Guruvayur-Tanur line. 51.25 km Guruvayur-Tanur railway line survey report was submitted to Indian Railways in July 1998. The project, estimated at Rs 138 crores, was sanctioned in 1999. The final surveys were done for the Guruvayur-Tanur railway line in January 2003, which will cover 51 km. The funds allocated for the project since 1999-2000 had lapsed. A sum of Rs 5 crores was allocated in the Railway Budget 2006 also. In October 2009, Guruvayur-Tirunavaya alignment was chosen by Indian Railways.
The project is in limbo ever since then. Successive Kerala Governments showed no interest to revive this project by paying fair compensation acquire land and handover to Indian Railways. People expected some announcement on this regard from PM Modi on his visit to the temple after 2019 Elections. But nothing happened. In all sense this project is a no beginner if implemented it would have been of great help to Malabar people and would have provided an alternative route between Kochi and Mangalore bypassing busy Shoranur.
It is alleged that the project got stunted at Guruvayur without being till its original proposed Kuttippuram solely because of opposition from various local organisations and people groups from a relatively Muslim dominated areas that lies adjacently to the North of Guruvayur.
One of the biggest ironies of this rail line is that the incomplete section passes through Metro man E Sreedharan's native place.
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