Two new lines proposed in Chennai suburbs, including a 180-km link between Chennai-Cuddalore
Chennai (MAS): Southern Railways has recommended to the Tamil Nadu Government four projects involving ₹6,770-crore investments in public private partnership mode for the State to showcase in the Global Investors Meet to attract investments. Railway officials told media persons today that the projects aimed at improving rail connectivity in the suburbs of Chennai with new lines and enhancing carry capacity in South Tamil Nadu.
The Railway authorities, speaking on the sidelines of a press conference to highlight customer facilitation programmes, said they have suggested two new lines in Chennai suburbs – a 180-km link between Chennai and Cuddalore via Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry at an estimated cost of ₹1,950 crore; and a 60-km link between Guduvancheri, Sriperumbudur and Avadi at an estimated cost of ₹ 720 crore. This line will also connect the suburban rail link running south and west of Chennai.
They have also suggested that the Madurai–Kanyakumari link could be doubled at a cost of ₹2,600 crore for the 256-km stretch.
Another project envisages a new line linking Madurai, Aruppukottai and Tuticorin. This 140 km line at a cost of ₹ 1,500 crore will link the port in Tuticorin to the thermal power projects planned in the area.
The State Government has announced it will conduct a Global Investors Meet in September to showcase Tamil Nadu as a destination for global investments in manufacturing, infrastructure and diverse sectors.