‘Expediting projects depends on availability of funds’

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Southern Railway GM inspects Salem — Karur broad gauge sector

The ongoing projects in the State are expedited based on the availability of funds, Rakesh Mishra, General Manager, Southern Railway said here on Friday.

Mr. Mishra who arrived at the Salem Railway Junction to inspect the Salem — Karur broad gauge sector told reporters that funds are a problem for carrying out railway projects and the progress of each project depends on this factor.

He said that the Salem — Karur project was completed successfully before six months after facing much difficulty, including land acquisition.

“More trains will be introduced in the sector,” he said. Mr. Mishra said that the expansion of Mettur Thermal Power Station pushes for more coal requirements and hence the current sector cannot meet the traffic. A detailed estimate had been submitted to the railway board for double-tracking the existing line and for electrification.

Project cost

The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 200 crore and work is expected to start in a year and be completed in two years, he added. Mr. Mishra, along with Divisional Railway Manager Sujatha Jayaraj and other officials later inspected the sector and also visited stations in the stretch.

At a function organised in Rasipuram station, K.P. Ramalingam, MP, submitted a petition to the Mr. Mishra requesting introduction of new passenger train service between Madurai to Bangalore through Rasipuram, extension of newly announced Kumbakonam — Tiruchi to Salem via Karur and stoppage of Nagercoil — Bangalore Express train in Rasipuram.

He also sought attaching additional coaches in the Palani — Chennai Express at the earliest.

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