Renovation work underway at Kottayam station, which includes the opening of a second entrance to Nagampadom and the construction of two additional platforms, is expected to be completed by December 2021.

This was announced after a meeting on Tuesday between Thomas Chazhikadan, MP, and officials from Southern Railway who reviewed the progress of the renovation and doubling of the tracks between Ettumanur and Chingavanam.

An official statement released by the MP said that when extending the tracks at the station to six, one would be reserved for passenger trains exclusively. To facilitate the construction of a second entrance to Nagampadom, the existing goods shed on the site would be moved to another location. An elevator would be installed at the new entrance for elderly passengers.

The central government has allocated ₹ 20 crore to renovate the station here, which will display a touch of native Kerala design at the end of the woks. The project also plans to develop the traffic area, in addition to renovating the pilgrims’ shelter.

The project, which was originally slated to be completed last year, has evolved at a snail’s pace due to the delay in completing the land acquisition process. Although work has accelerated, the state government is required to complete the acquisition of land for the construction of access roads to the station here.

In the meantime, a meeting will be called Wednesday at the railway station to settle the dispute over the acquisition of land in Pakkil in order to speed up the work of doubling the tracks. Southern Railway is expected to complete the construction of 10 upper bridges along the 17 km stretch between Ettumanur and Chingavanam.

Besides landowners and railway officials, the relevant local councilor will also attend the meeting.

In addition to the doubling of the tracks, the authorities are also completing the work on the traffic lights along the tracks.

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