Finance Commissioner inspect works on Pamban Bridge at Rameswaram

Rashmi Kapoorरामेश्वरम Rameswaram (RMM): Rashmi Kapoor, Finance Commissioner, Indian Railways, who was in Rameswaram on Monday for inspection of Pamban Bridge said that there was no proposal to build a new rail bridge to Rameswaram as it would cost Rs.1,500 crore. The existing bridge would be strengthened. She said that the demand for introducing a new train to the pilgrim island from Mumbai viz.Mangalore would also be conveyd to Member-Traffic.

Talking to reporters after inspecting Pamban Rail Bridge here on Monday, she said the Joint Commissioner of Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple here said the connectivity to the temple from Mumbai was not good and there was a demand for a train service from the metropolis.

“I will suggest this to Member-Traffic, the person who decides on new train routes,” she said. Ms. Kapoor said she was visiting Rameswaram after 35 years.

Asked about the demand for introducing a day train from Rameswaram to Chennai, she said she was not dealing with introduction of new trains.

FC InspectionA.K.Rastogi, Divisional Railway Manager (Madurai Division), who was present, said there were already three day trains from Rameswaram to Madurai and people could reach Madurai and travel to other places.

“We have already converted a night passenger train to day train (between Madurai and Rameswaram) and there is no proposal to introduce new day train to Chennai,” he said, adding the railways was already running two trains to Chennai.

To a question on the possibility of relaying the railway line to Danushkodi, which was washed away in the 1964 cyclonic storm, Mr. Rastogi said there were fund constraints.

Answering a question, the DRM said there was no proposal to attach additional coaches to Sethu and Rameswaram express trains.

On allotment of funds for developing infrastructure in railway stations, Ms. Kapoor said 30 projects prioritised all over the country for early completion in the budget. “If we give a little bit to every work, then nothing gets completed,” she said.

Replying to a question, Mr.Rastogi said there was no proposal to build a new rail bridge to Rameswaram as it would cost Rs.1,500 crore. The existing bridge would be strengthened.

The piers were good and only the girders were getting corroded, he said, adding the eroded girders would be replaced and funds had been allotted.

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