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Minister discusses progress of Salem - Karur railway line project

Landowners go to court demanding more compensation `Convene a meeting to sort out problems'Dissatisfaction over slow progress; explanation soughtNeed to pay special attention to projects stressed

SALEM: The State Agriculture Minister, Veerapandi S. Arumugam, discussed with the railway and revenue officials on Tuesday, the progress of the Salem - Karur railway line project and preliminary works taken up to establish a railway division in Salem.

Land acquisition

According to a release, the officials were engaged in acquiring lands for the Salem - Karur railway line project.

When the officials told the minister that a few landowners went to court demanding more compensation for the land acquired, Mr. Arumugam advised the officials to convene a meeting with the landowners and sort out the problems.

While discussing the preliminary works initiated for the establishment of a railway division in Salem, Mr Arumugam expressed dissatisfaction over the slow progress of the works, and demanded an explanation from the officials. The officials informed the Minister that the office for creating a railway division in Salem was in Chennai, and that there were delays in commencing the works.

Letters

The officials also said the railway administration already had five acres for setting up the railway division here. It might require more land.

The Minister promised that steps would be taken to acquire more land, if the railway administration sent letters to the district administration.

Benefit

The Minister said the project and the railway division would benefit a large number of people in the State.

Railway and revenue officials should pay special attention to these two projects.

The Deputy Chief Engineer, Railways, Devasigamani, and senior official from the railways and the revenue department were present.

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