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CHENNAI: Two days after the Union Budget allotted Rs 2,287 crore for railway development works in Tamil Nadu, it has been announced that funds to the tune of Rs 404 crore have been earmarked for undertaking electrification projects during 2017-2018.
Besides, the budget has also provided Rs 76 crore for the doubling project of the railway line between Salem Magnesite Junction and Omalur (11 km).
The major works mentioned in the budget include the electrification of the Villupuram- Cuddalore Port-Mayilauduthurai- Thanjavur-Tiruvarur line (228 km). For this project, Rs 251.33 crore has been allotted, whereas for the electrification of Bengaluru - Omalur via Hosur line (196 km), Rs 152. 83 crore has been allotted.
During his budget speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely specified that importance would be given to the safety aspect. Underlining this commitment, proposals for nine road overbridges (ROBs) and 19 road under bridges/subways were sanctioned Rs 383.39 crore. Out of this, subways and ROBs are proposed to eliminate five level-crossings in the Chennai-Jollarpettai line.
The budget outlay for improving passenger amenities in Southern Railway is Rs 38 crore. A railway official told Express that they were focused on providing various passenger amenities for the comfort of travellers.
“We developed AC paid waiting halls at 11 stations, while executive lounges are planned to be set up at five major stations. High-speed Wi-Fi services are functional at major stations including Central,” he said, adding that works were progressing to install 19 escalators and 35 lifts in stations across the Southern Railway zone. - New Indian Express