A 3.09 km-long railway line, initially used by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Perambur for moving newly built coaches from shell to furnishing division of the factory, was strengthened at a cost of Rs. 7.29 crore for operating passenger services.Two new stations, namely, Padi and Anna Nagar, were built and 13 existing bridges were renovated and the work was completed in five months. The railway station and the EMU services were inaugurated by the then Union Minister of State for Railways, A. K. Moorthy. Between 2003 and 2007, five suburban trains were run from Anna Nagar to Chennai Beach/ Central via Villivakkam.

The service, however, had a low patronage. The average daily collection at the station was Rs. 450, with about 50 passengers. In 2007, the service was discontinued due to the construction of a rotary at the Padi junction to replace the level-crossing. The rotary was completed in 2009 but services were not resumed.

Annanagar railway station

 

Annanagar railway station

 

Annanagar railway station

Ten years after they were opened, Padi and Anna Nagar railway stations are crying for attention. Trains taking this stretch were put off track in 2007 due to low patronage, and today the stations are in a state of neglect. The tracks at Anna Nagar station is covered with thorny bushes and have rusted too.

Annanagar railway station

Of late, it is used by residents for their morning walk.

Source: The Hindu

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