Special Correspondent

Meeting of industrialists, officials held in Chennai on Monday

Preliminary survey for alignment of Avadi-Sriperumpudur line over

Land acquisition cost to be Rs. 88.5 crore

CHENNAI: The Railway Ministry is for providing rail link to Sriperumpudur only through public-private partnership.

In this connection Minister of State for Railways R.Velu here on Monday convened a meeting of industrialists in and around Sriperumpudur, and officials of the Southern Railway and the State Industries Department.

New line

Talking to newsmen after the meeting, Mr. Velu said that the Railway Ministry was ready to lay a new broad gauge line from Sriperumpudur to Avadi if the State Government and the industrialists were ready to share the project cost.

As more and more big industries were coming up, the railways had suggested that new railway lines could be laid from Sriperumpudur to Avadi, to Vandalur or Singaperumal Kovil and to Kancheepuram.

The Southern Railway, the Minister said, had already conducted a preliminary survey for the alignment of Avadi-Sriperumpudur line.

The total cost of the 27.3 km project worked out to Rs 255 crore, which required about 97.5 hectares of land.

The land acquisition cost alone would come to about Rs 88.5 crore.

Now only a single BG line was planned with a provision for one more in future. The line would be useful for industrial units to move their finished products through rail.

Besides, it would help commuting passengers from Sriperumpudur to Chennai and back.

By and large tract of non-farm land was available. Survey was being done for the other two lines.

The Minister said the State Government would convene a meeting of industrialists to discuss the project. Based on the Government’s report, the next step would be taken.