Fresh contract will be awarded to build a bridge
Priority will be given to vacate the stay obtained on land acquisition cases Each division to get Rs. 30 lakh to improve passenger amenities in select stations
KARUR: Work on the Karur-Salem new broad gauge line will be expedited. Fresh contract will be awarded to construct a bridge across the Cauvery river as part of the project, Minister of State for Railways R. Velu said.
Addressing the media here on Tuesday after declaring open the Vengamedu Road Over Bridge (ROB) constructed at a cost of Rs. 15 crore, Mr. Velu said that the cases filed in connection with the compensation awarded vis-à-vis land acquisition in Namakkal and the tardy progress in constructing the bridge between Vangal in Karur district and Mohanur in Namakkal district across the Cauvery impeded work on the broad gauge line.
Priority would be given to vacate the stay obtained on land acquisition cases by arriving at an amicable settlement with those who have parted with their property. Also, fresh contract would be awarded to construct the bridge as per revised estimates. Of the estimated Rs. 229 crore, works to the tune of Rs. 101 crore have been completed, Mr. Velu said.
Claiming that the creation of the Salem division was proceeding gradually, the Minister said his department had approached the State Government to make 100 acres of land available to develop infrastructure facilities.
As the motto of the Railways in 2007 is "service with a smile," each division would be given Rs. 30 lakh to improve passenger amenities in select stations. Efforts would also be made to improve efficiency and the revenue position of the Railways, Mr. Velu said. Asked on the electrification of the Tiruchi-Erode section, the Minister said that the demand would be considered in the Eleventh Plan period. Declaring open the Vengamedu ROB, Mr. Velu said that Rs. 1.5 crore would be spent on improving passenger amenities at the Karur junction. While Rs. 30 lakh would be spent to refurbish the concourse area, Rs. 19 lakh would be used to improve platforms and Rs. 30 lakh to extend the platform roofing, Mr. Velu said.
Acceding to the demand of Karur M.P. K.C. Palanisamy, Mr. Velu declared that two subways would be constructed at Pasupathypalayam and Kolanthapalayam in Karur town limits.
Highways Minister M.P. Saminathan said that land acquisition and cost escalation were hindering the completion of similar bridge projects in the State. Mr. Palanisamy demanded that the quota for Karur in the Coimbatore-Chennai Express be increased to 500 berths. He also sought an additional reservation counter at Karur junction and improved facilities at the Kulithalai junction.
Over 1.2 lakh people would benefit from the Vengamedu ROB, Collector T.N. Venkatesh said. The ROB would also shorten travel by six km, he said. A host of Railway officials from the Palghat Division participated in the function.