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Tamil Nadu gets a better deal in the Railway Budget for the first time

The Railway Infrastructure projects in Tamil Nadu will get a boost with the Southern Railway getting an increased allocation from the Railway board to the tune of Rs 2812 Crores for the current financial year 2020-21 for the completion of on-going track doubling and gauge conversion projects.

The railway release also refers to the poor allocation of funds to Tamil Nadu by the previous congress government when the average allocation to the state was around Rs 880 crores per year between 2009-2014.

 Six major track doubling projects covering over 800 kilometres

As many as six major track doubling projects covering over 800 kilometres, virtually the entire length of the state have been included in the budget. Their implementation will however depend on annual allocation of funds in successive railway budgets.

If these six doubling projects are completed passenger and freight traffic could move from Bengaluru to Tuticorin Port without a hitch. Two track doubling projects have been sanctioned in this sector which include Hosur (Bengaluru)-Omalur (Salem) and Salem-Karur-Dindigul, a distance of 300 kilometres at a cost of Rs 3000 crores. Including electrification.The Dindigul Tuticorin port where the doubling of tracks is already in progress will get commissioned in the next 2 years.

The other railway doubling project which will give a boost to industrialisation around Chennai will be the Villupuram Katpadi sector covering the Vellore region.

Fourth railway line between Chennai Egmore and Beach stations

A fourth railway line will be laid between Chennai Egmore and Beach stations to relieve the congestion and improve the movement of trains from the southern part of the state to the up country in North

.By doubling the track between Katpadi Pakala(Tirupati) and Dharmavaram, railways will be attempting improved connectivity between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The doubling projects included by the budget but will be implemented in subsequent years are: Doubling of Katpadi- Villupuram of Length 160.1 Km, Costing ₹1601 Cr

Doubling of Salem- Karur- Dindigul of Length 160 Km, Costing ₹1600 Cr


Doubling of Erode- Karur of Length 65 Km, Costing ₹650 Cr.


Doubling of Dharmavaram- Pakala- Katpadi of Length 290 Km, Costing Rs 2900 Cr.


Doubling of Hosur- Omalur of Length 147 Km, Costing ₹1470 Cr


Doubling of Chennai Beach- Chennai Egmore of Length 4.3 Km, Costing Rs 279.8 Cr.


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