The Railway Ministry has allocated Rs. 76.43 crore for the 11-km track doubling project in the Salem Junction – Magnesite Junction – Omalur section in the Salem Railway Division. This allocation was announced in the Union Budget on Wednesday.
The Railway Ministry has allotted Rs. 3,593 crore for Southern Railway, spread over in the States of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the budget as against last year’s allotment of Rs. 2,750.06 crore.
Out of the total allotment for Southern Railway for 2017-18, the outlay for Tamil Nadu is Rs. 2,287 crore, as against Rs. 1,636 crore allotted last year.
This year’s allocation for Tamil Nadu in the budget was of 39.79 per cent over the previous year.
The allotment of funds to Tamil Nadu included Rs. 404.16 crore for the execution of four electrification projects and Rs. 382.9 crore for 12 proposals for the construction of 28 road over bridges (ROBs) / road under bridges (RUBs) / sub-ways.
The projects of construction of RUBs in Tamil Nadu included two in Salem Railway Division: two-lane RUB in the Irugur – Podanur section in Coimbatore, replacing level-crossing No. 12 and two-lane RUB including limited use subway in the Vriddachalam – Salem section, replacing level crossing No. 159.
The outlay for passenger amenities for Tamil Nadu is Rs. 38 crore, and for traffic facility Rs. 19.76 crore.
The electrification projects included Villupuram – Cuddalore Port – Mayiladuthurai – Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai – Tiruvarur (228 km and cost Rs. 251.33 km); and Bengaluru – Omalur via Hosur (196 km; cost Rs. 152.83 crore). - The Hindu