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BG line to be extended to Pattukottai

Syed Muthahar Saqaf

TIRUCHI: With a broad gauge line having been laid between Needamangalam and Mannargudi, railways will soon take up the work of extending the line to Pattukottai. The work would begin once the Final Location Survey was completed.

The Railway Board had sanctioned the project of extending the BG line to Pattukottai at a cost of Rs. 216 crore, P. V. Vaidialingam, Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchi, told The Hindu. The 14-km Needamangalam-Mannargudi line was completed on an outlay of Rs. 79 crore recently. There is no railway station between Needamangalam and Mannargudi and the project included construction of 66 minor bridges, commissioning of five manned level-crossings and an equal number of unmanned level-crossings. The project commenced in April last year. The trail run of an engine was done after the completion of the work and further improvements to the track were under way. The mandatory inspection by the Commissioner of Railway Safety was expected next month, Mr. Vaidialingam said.

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