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