TAMIL NADU

Velu inaugurates railway overbridge at Morapur

A new step : Union Minister of State for Railways R. Velu (second left) inaugurating the railway overbridge at Morapur railway station, near Dharmapuri, on Saturday.

A new step : Union Minister of State for Railways R. Velu (second left) inaugurating the railway overbridge at Morapur railway station, near Dharmapuri, on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: N. BASHKARAN

Staff Reporter

‘73 new trains has been introduced in Tamil Nadu’

Dharmapuri: The Union Government has allocated 108 railway overbridges across the State in the past four years, said Minister of State for Railways R. Velu.

He was inaugurating the railway overbridge at Morapur near here on Saturday. He added that at least one-third of the overbridges sanctioned across the country were for Tamil Nadu.

The Railway Ministry had no problem in funding bridge projects. The State had to contribute 50 per cent of the cost. It should also acquire land, remove encroachments and also allot funds in its budget for the projects. As many as 73 new trains had been introduced in Tamil Nadu thanks to close coordination between the Central and State Governments, he said. Mr. Velu said that the Union Planning Commission has given its in-principle approval for the electrification of the Madurai-Tuticorin and Maniyachi-Nagercoil broad gauge sections at an outlay of Rs.146 crores. The Railway ministry had ordered a re-survey to examine the feasibility of laying a new railway line from Jolarpet to Krishnagiri via Tirupathur. The Minister also sought proposals from the district administration for creation of parking area in the Morapur railway station.

The Railways increased its profits without hiking the passenger fares by maximizing the use of assets and increasing passenger capacity and freight volume. The Ministry had drawn up a plan for scientific disposal of human waste from train toilets at an estimate of Rs.4000 crores. The railways were also considering the processing of waste at appointed stations Mr. Velu added. Participating in the function Minister for Highways and Ports, M.P. Swaminathan said that the State was implementing road improvement works totaling Rs.4,690 crores.

Roads to a length of 31,740 kms were being repaired. Highways secretary K. Allaudin, MPs, R. Senthil, E.G. Sugavanam, Collector P. Amudha also spoke.

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