TAMIL NADU

Doubling work between Villupuram, Tuticorin under review: Velu

Staff Reporter

THENI: The Railways will conduct an updating survey for laying a new broad gauge line connecting Dindigul and Lower Camp near Goodalur through Batlagundu, Theni, Chinnamanur and Cumbum. It would also conduct a survey for converting existing metre gauge line between Madurai and Bodinaickanur and laying new broad gauge line up to Lower Camp through Chinnamanur and Cumbum, R. Velu, Minister of State for Railways, has said.

Talking to reporters after inspecting the Bodi railway station here on Saturday, Mr. Velu said a survey to lay railway line between Dindigul and Sabarimala at a cost of Rs.529 crore was already held in 1997.

As there was a slim possibility of laying track on hilly terrain, the department would conduct an updated survey to lay a new track up to Lower Camp.

Mr. Velu said doubling work between Villupuram and Tuticorin was under review.

Survey for electrification of Tiruchi-Madurai would be taken up shortly, he said adding that the Pamban Bridge would be opened for traffic before March 31.

Work on enhancing facilities at Theni station was under progress at a cost of Rs.75 lakh. Bodi station had earned Rs.1.31 crore through freight this year, compared to Rs.65.70 lakh in 2005-06, he said.

Mr. Velu said an agitation announced by the AIADMK was unwarranted, as Salem division had become a reality now.

Foundation stone for construction of new building for control room would be laid on April 14. Instead of commending the good work, Ms. Jayalalithaa had announced agitation, which was "strange and unfortunate."