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TIRUPUR: A total of Rs.65 crore has been allotted in the Railway Budget for the ongoing gauge conversion work between Dindigul and Coimbatore.
With the allocation of Rs. 30 crore in the previous year against the initial estimate of over Rs.350 crore, the project would witness some progress this year, said R. Velu, Minister of State for Railways R. Velu on Tuesday.
Preliminary works have already been started on the section which covers Dindigul, Palani, Oddanchatram, Udumalpet, Pollachi, Palakkad and Podanur. He said the gauge conversion between Coimbatore and Podanur would complete in next couple of months.
Welcoming the allotment of Rs.65 crore for the section in this budget, K. Ramakrishnan, general secretary of Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, appealed to the Railway authorities to complete the gauge conversion between Podanur and Pollachi in the first phase, enabling extension of Chennai-bound Cheran Express.Gauge conversion
“If the authorities take up work of the entire 223-km stretch together it would take several years to complete and passengers would be affected. Instead, the authorities should aim target completion of the work between Coimbatore and Pollachi or Udumalpet depending upon the availability of funds,” Mr. Ramakrishnan insisted.
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