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Southern Railway to open 22 bridges: GM

Staff Reporter

A record number for the zone in a year

— Photo: G. Moorthy.

Deepak Krishan.

MADURAI: The Southern Railway has planned to open 22 road overbridges this year, its General Manager, Deepak Krishan has said.

Mr. Krishan, who came here after inspecting the Tiruchi-Manamadurai section on Wednesday, told reporters that it would be record number for the zone to open so many bridges in a year.

The zone has also proposed to start construction work of around 100 road overbridges next year of which at least 50 would be open for traffic within the year.

“It is our attempt, but so much depends on the State Government,” he said. Many ROB works were delayed for more than three years for want of design clearance from the State Government.

Accompanied by senior railway officials, the General Manager inspected various railway infrastructure and passenger amenities in the section. He also met people from various quarters who demanded two trains announced in the budget – Rameswaram-Bhubaneswar and Rameswaram-Varanasi.

Mr. Krishan said that these two trains would be introduced on getting safety clearance from Commissioner of Railway Safety to operate passenger trains on the newly converted Villupuram-Mayiladurai broad gauge section. Clearance was expected by March, he added.

The General Manager also said that the railways would consider taking up critical portion as a “patch doubling” between Ichangadu and Ariyalur as part of the doubling work taken up between Villupuram and Tiruchi.

Stating that Rail Vikas Nigam Limited had been awarded the work, he said the Southern Railway would assist it in every possible way to increase the capacity in the section expecting more cement movement and traffic from the Karaikal port. The work is expected to be completed in three years.

The Divisional Railway Manager, Anil Singhal, and other officials were present.

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