Railways will work closely with Kerala and Tamil Nadu governments to build
rail infrastructure as the utility has not invested enough in these States,
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has admitted.
Commissioning eight railway initiatives under the Thiruvananthapuram and
Palakkad divisions in the State via videoconferencing from Rail Bhavan in New
Delhi on August 19, Mr. Prabhu said the focus was on providing better passenger
amenities and augmenting freight capacity. Since the present government came to
power at the Centre, there had been a considerable increase in allocation of
funds for building infrastructure in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The Union Cabinet had approved doubling and electrification of the 86.56-km
Thiruvananthapuram Central- Kanyakumari, the 160-km stretch from Madurai
Junction to Thoothukudi, and the 102-km line from Vanchi Maniyachi to Nagercoil
Junction, he said. When these projects are completed in four years the entire
length of Tamil Nadu will have double line electrified track.
Functions were held at the Thiruvananthapuram Central, Ernakulam Junction,
and Kannur stations to dedicate the facilities to the nation.
Among the initiatives commissioned is the longest footover bridge (FOB) of
Railways in the State. The 143-metre-long and three-metre-wide bridge,
constructed at a cost of Rs2.5 crore, will link the old Kochuveli station,
Kochuveli terminal, four platforms, and the yard.
The 7.94-km double line between Thiruvalla and Changanassery commissioned
on March 28 was dedicated to the nation. Two additional lines with full rake
unloading facility and a platform with 26 coach capacity were also commissioned
along with the work at Thiruvalla.