Trains can help TN bring down road accidents

In Tamil Nadu, roads are the main carriers of people and goods

Vehicular overload is one reason for TN topping accidents in the country

In 2021, the state saw more than 50,000 accidents that were police cases

Poor rail connectivity in the state is the main reason for the burden on roads

The doubling and electrification of the Egmore - Kanyakumari railway line is expected to be completed by July 2023

The completion of the long-delayed project via Vilupuram, Trichy, Dindigul, Madurai, and Tirunelveli will be a boon

Doubling and electrification of Nagercoil  - Thiruvananthapuram line is pending

In northern TN, two more rail projects are pending

If the entire network in TN is broad gauge, trains from western Tamil Nadu can reach Egmore via Chingalpet

Also, trains from southern and eastern districts can reach Chennai Central Via Arakonam

This will lead to a considerable reduction in road traffic and congestion in Chennai and its suburbs

Trains from southern districts via Dindigul and south now take the Trichy-Vridhachalam-Chennai route

They can instead take the  Karur-Salem-Vridhachalam-Chengalpet-Arakonam- Chennai route or the  Karur-Salem-Jolarpet-Chennai route

Trains from western districts of TN, Kerala, and western Karnataka can travel via  Salem -Vridhachalam - Chengalpet - Tambaram and further north

More people and freight can move on trains as a result

The burden on roads will reduce; accidents can come down