Railway projects ignored in Tamilnadu

Madurai MP Su. Venkatesan has accused the Centre of having ignored new railway projects in Tamil Nadu.

‘Centre has allocated very meagre funds for the State’

In a statement, Madurai MP Su. Venkatesan has said new railway line projects in Tamil Nadu had been allotted only ₹1,000 crore in the Union Budget 2022.

He listed out the new railway line projects for which meagre amounts had been allocated – Tindivanam – Ginjee – Tiruvannamalai; Tindivanam – Nagari; Athipattu – Puththur; Erode – Palani; Chennai – Cuddalore; Madurai – Aruppukottai – Thoothukudi; Sriperumbudur – Guduvancheri – Irunkattukottai – Avadi; Murappur – Dharmapuri and the doubling project of Katpadi – Villupuram section.

The MP also pointed out that mere ₹1.5 crore had been allocated for Salem – Karur – Dindigul doubling project as against the project cost of ₹1,600 crore.

Similarly, for the ₹650-crore Erode – Karur doubling project, the Centre had allotted only ₹1 crore.

This was the third consecutive budget in which the Centre had given meagre funds for Tamil Nadu projects.

However, Mr.Venkatesan welcomed the budgetary allocation of ₹59 crore for Rameswaram – Dhanushkodi new rail line project which had been planned to be completed at a cost of ₹207 crore.

For Madurai – Bodi gauge conversion work, which had been going on for 10 years, the Centre had allotted ₹125 crore and for Vanchi Maniyachchi – Nagercoil doubling project ₹425 crore and Thiruvananthapuram – Kanniyakumari doubling project ₹700 crore, he said.

The MP appealed to the Centre to expedite the projects to complete them in two years.

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