The Southern Railway was allotted Rs. 675 crore in the 2013-14 railway budget for the ongoing projects – new railway lines, gauge conversion and doubling of tracks.

Southern Railway has been deprived of Rs. 90 crore in the revised Railway Budget.

According to sources, the Southern Railway was allotted Rs. 675 crore in the 2013-14 railway budget for the ongoing projects – new railway lines, gauge conversion and doubling of tracks. Though the original outlay of Rs. 675 crore was no match for the projected fund of over Rs. 1,000 crore for completion of the schemes, the allocation was reduced to Rs. 585 crore in the revised budget. This made Southern Railway poorer by Rs. 90 crore for the 37 pending projects.

Compared to the average annual allocation of over Rs. 900 crore for the three heads in the last five years, the allocation of Rs. 585 crore for the current year fell short drastically. The Minister of State for Railways, Kotla Jayasurya Prakash Reddy, during a visit here in July, had said that the Railways was facing funds crunch and at the given rate of annual allocation it would take at least 50 more years to complete the ongoing projects.

Besides funds, non-availability of land in time and lack of availability of sand and other construction materials were delaying the progress of the work.

This had led to escalation of cost of most of the projects, railway sources said.