Railway Minister says other States have already signed agreements; wants TN to follow suit
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday urged the State government to set up a joint venture with the Railways to facilitate implementation of more infrastructure projects.
Mr. Prabhu, who was here to inaugurate 10 infrastructure projects under Southern Railway, said, “People of the State must have the right to decide their priorities. Therefore, I request the Ministers to take this up and just sign an agreement. As far as Tamil Nadu is concerned, I have written to the Chief Minister time and again for joint ventures. In the case of other States, we have already signed some (agreements) and are going ahead with the projects.”
The launching ceremony saw various MPs and MLAs underscoring the need for implementing projects such as doubling of the line between Madurai and Nagercoil.
Responding to their pleas, Mr. Prabhu said efforts were being made to boost investment in the transportation sector. “The next wave of investment is in the transportation sector. Huge infusion of capital will create infrastructure,” he said.
Assuring the passengers of speedy development of an app with an integrated customer interface, Mr. Prabhu called on the public to make use of the social media to bring unethical practices to the notice of the Railway Ministry.
Host of projects
The projects launched on Saturday include the 5th and 6th lines between Moore Market Complex and Basin Bridge Junction, a passenger subway at Nemilichery Railway Station, Wi-Fi services at Chennai Egmore Railway Station, new circulating area and passenger amenities at the second entry of Tambaram Railway Station with Wi-Fi services at, a double discharge platform at the Mambalam railway station, an elevated booking office at the Kodambakkam railway station, a foot overbridge and an elevated booking office at Tiruninravur Railway Station, extension of the Chennai Manamadurai Silambu Bi-Weekly Express (16181/16182) to Sengottai Via Aruppukottai, Wi-Fi services at the Madurai junction and the dedication of a new gauge converted BG line section (20 km) between Sengottai and New Aryankavu at Sengottai Railway Station.
The 5th and 6th lines between Chennai Central and Basin Bridge have been commissioned at a cost of ₹30.14 crore, and are expected to facilitate seamless connectivity, reduction of commuting time and enhancement of sectional capacity. Over two lakh commuters of 260 EMU trains bound for Arakkonam and Sullurpetai are expected to benefit from this project.
The Union government has allocated ₹2,287 crore for the implementation of rail infrastructure projects in the State during 2017-2018. - The Hindu