In what will provide a major boost to the railway network in various parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the Cabinet under Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave its approval to three major railway line projects worth nearly Rs 4,000 crore.
These projects would not only speed up the operation of goods and coaching trains, but also provide additional capacity for meeting the increase in traffic in future. The approved sections are heavily passenger oriented which also serve the goods traffic from nearby ports.
The first project cleared by the Union Cabinet under Prime Minister Narendra Modi includes construction of double line with electrification between Vanchi-Maniyachchi- Nagercoil via Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.
The total length of the line will be 102 km. The estimated cost of the Project will be Rs.1003.94 crore and completion cost of Rs.1114.62 crore with 5% escalation per annum.
In addition, the Cabinet also approved the construction of double line with electrification between Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and Kanniyakumari in Tamil Nadu for a cost of Rs 1553 crores.
The total length of the line will be 86.56 km. The estimated cost of the Project will be Rs.1431.90 crore and completion cost of Rs.1552.94 crore with 5% escalation per annum.
The third project approved by the Cabinet includes approval for construction of double line with electrification between Madurai-Vanchi and Maniyachchi-Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.
The total length of the line will be 160 km. The estimated cost of the Project will be Rs.1182.31 crore and completion cost of Rs.1272.51 crore with 5% escalation per annum.
All the three projects will be completed in four years by 2020-21. The three projects will generate direct employment during construction for close to 84 lakh mandays.
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