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