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The Commissioning of track doubling work between Chennai and Madurai delayed by nearly two years

 The inefficiency of the Tamil Nadu government and more particularly the Dindigul District administration has delayed the prestigious railway track doubling project between Chennai and Madurai cities the life line of the state connecting the state capital with its southern parts The project which should have been commissioned in early 2017 is likely to take off by the end of 2018.

Work on the project was taken up way back in 2012 by the Rail Vikas Nigam, a wing of the Railway Ministry between Villupuram and Dindigul. The project authorities took up bridge work for nearly one year giving the district administration adequate time to acquire land for the project.

Barring some difficulties in acquiring land in the urban stretch of Valadi Tiruchirapalli the land acquisition operations proceeded smoothly in all other districts barring Dindigul. It has been more than six years since the project was taken up but the Dindigul district administration is yet to acquire land for the 25 kilometer stretch between Kalpattichatram and Dindigul. It is this section has been holding up the project for nearly two years. The prestigious project  which will be provide better rail connectivity to South Tamil Nadu is likely to be completed by the end of 2018.

RVNL also faced problems with the District administrations over securing quarry licenses for getting the stones for laying the railway lines.

The last two sections between Manaparai and Kalpattichatram and between Valadi and Ponmalai (Tiruchirapalli) were commissioned seven months back. Only the 25 kilometer stretch between Kalpattichatram and Dindigul are left over which will be completed shortly said the official release from the Southern railways.

The non cooperation of the Dindigul district administration towards acquiring lands for public projects has forced the railways to take a policy decision countrywide not to take up new projects in future until the land required for the purpose is in place.

A new coaching depot at Tambaram has started functioning from August last year to facilitate starting of new trains from Chennai to South Tamil Nadu. This project was also held up for several years due to lack of funding by the Railway Board besides space constraints.

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