Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Salem-Namakkal broad gauge work to be completed by March



Namakkal: The broad gauge track laying work between Salem and Namakkal for a stretch of about 53 km will be completed before March 31, provided there is any major interference to the same, said Southern Railway General Manager Deepak Krishan here on Tuesday.


He was addressing newsmen after inspecting the ongoing works at the railway station site in N Kosavampatti on Namakkal-Senthamangalam road.



Mr. Krishan said the remaining 30 km of the planned 83-km rail route from Salem to Karur via Namakkal would be completed in about a year.

The initial budget of project planned at Rs. 230 crore had increased to more than Rs. 700 crore in a phased manner due to escalating price of raw materials such as cement, sand and transporting earth.

According to him, there is no shortage of funds as the Centre had been sanctioning funds to strengthen the infrastructure of the Southern Railway.

Noting that acquisition of land was a major cause for the delay in completing the long-pending project that started in 1998, he said that the State Government had been playing a vital role in helping the railways acquire land.

After reviewing the construction of the station, Mr. Krishan said that it would have a booking counter and various ultra modular passenger-friendly amenities.

Chief Administrative Officer R. Ramanathan and Divisional Railway Manager, Salem Division, P.N. Ram, among others were present during the inspection.

Thanks and source: The Hindu (newspaper)

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