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Chennai Madurai railway track doubling to be completed by next month

The doubling of railway track in the five hundred kilometer North south railway corridor in Tamil Nadu between Chennai and Madurai will become fully operational by next month as the work in a small stretch near Dindigul is expected to be completed by that time, a spokesman of southern railway said.

Briefing newspersons on the outlay provided to the Southern railway in the recent Union budget he said the work on doubling the railway line and electrification between Kalpati Chatram and Tamaraipadi will get completed by March thus opening the two way railway corridor between the two cities.

Work on the corridor could have been completed more than a year ago but for the poor land acquisition work by the Dindigul Collectorate. The project should help in running more passenger and freight trains in the most congested corridor of the state.

With the completion of gauge conversion work between Tiruvarur to Pattukottai next year (2019), a third railway corridor between Chennai and South Tamil Nadu will become operational. Besides the Chord line Via Vridhachalam and the Main line Via Thanjavur, this railway corridor will link Chennai through Tiruvarur, Pattukottai, Karaikudi, Manamadurai and Virudhunagar.

The spokesman said the a sum of Rs 2548 crores have been earmarked for developmental projects in the railway during the current financial year as against Rs 2287 Crores provided in the previous year.

The entire railway network in Tamil Nadu and Kerala will become electrified in the next three years. A major railway electrification project between Erode and Tiruchirapalli has been commissioned recently.

The rail link between Tamil Nadu and Kerala through Punalur to link Madurai with Kollam will be commissioned next month with the completion of gauge conversion work on the Western Ghats section near Punaluar.

Another major railway project cleared in the budget is the doubling of railway track between Hosur and Beypanahalle to provide improved rail connectivity to Bengaluru.

With the commissioning of a full- fledged railway terminal at Tambaram more trains will originate from this terminal shortly the spokesman said.


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