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NEW FACILITY: Minister of State for Railways R. Velu addressing the function in Ambur on Saturday.
NEW FACILITY: Minister of State for Railways R. Velu addressing the function in Ambur on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

It will come up at a cost of Rs. 1.83 crore, says Minister

AMBUR: Union Minister of State for Railways R. Velu laid the foundation stone for a new station building at the Ambur Railway Station on Saturday.

Participating in a function to lay the foundation stone, the Minister said the new building would be constructed at a cost of Rs.1.83 crore. This was only part of Rs.2.31 crore sanctioned for passenger amenities at the station. Besides a circulating area of 1,100 square metres, it has been planned to put up platform shelters, coach indication board, dormitory, waiting hall, retiring room and a plasma television. Landscaping would be done outside the station for better ambience.

Mr.Velu said that at present the Southern Railway (Chennai Division) had been concentrating on passenger amenities. Last year, the Chennai Division spent Rs.9.06 crore for the passenger amenities. But this year, the Division projected to get Rs.15 crore for the passenger amenities.

Moreover, the proposal has been given for a total allocation of Rs.75 crore for the division. Last year, the division got Rs.21 crore, but the amount spent was Rs.28 crore.

Out of the total 170 railways stations in the division, five new station buildings had been recommended and Ambur was one of them. Work was progressing at the Jolarpet junction to make it a model station.

At present, works to the tune of Rs.3.35 crore were under progress. Moreover, unreserved ticketing system had been introduced at Wallajahpet, Shozlingur, Katpadi, Ambur, Jolarpet, Vaniyambadi and Ambur. Plans were on to introduce it in 16 more stations.

Mr.Velu said that work on gauge conversion was progressing well. Only 90 km of the meter gauge needed to be converted into broad gauge. Approval for this had already been obtained. Moreover, new tracks were being laid to an extent of about 333 km.

He also said that all facilities required for the Ambur Railway Station would be fulfilled over course of a year.

Man Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai Division, said that it has been decided to lay the foundation stone for a new station building at Ambur as the existing building was in a dilapidated state. D.Venugopal, Tirupattur MP, H.Abdul Basith, Vaniyambadi MLA, T.K.Raja, Tirupattur MLA, spoke. N.Swaminathan, ADRM, Chennai, proposed vote of thanks.

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