Stone laying for new Rail Line from Dharmapuri to Morappur today

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will lay the foundation for the 36-km long Dharmapuri-Morappur new railway line, in Dharmapuri on Monday. New railway line to link Morappur and Dharmapuri, save 81 km.

DHARMAPURI: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will lay the foundation for the 36-km long Dharmapuri (Bangalore Division/SWR) gto Morappur (Salem Division/SR) new railway line, in Dharmapuri on Monday.

According to a release, the minister will also participate in a function at Egmore through video-conferencing, where he will announce the extension of Tambaram-Tirunelveli Antyodaya Express to Nagercoil and also flag off train no.16101/16102 Chennai Egmore-Kollam daily express train.

The 36km railway line, to be constructed at a cost of Rs 358 .95 Crore will reduce travel distance between the two towns by more than 80km and connect Southern Railway with South West Railway. It will pass through plains and agricultural lands and will have two major bridges, 24 minor bridges including five rail over-bridges and 15 rail under-bridges. “The section will also have two crossing stationsRanimukkanur and Mukkanur. All the stations will be equipped with passenger amenities,” a statement said.

The railway line has been a long-pending demand of the region because the current railway route between Dharmapuri and Morappur is through Salem and is 117km long. “This will help trade by allowing cheaper transport between the two stations for people and goods. It will also be an alternative route to the Bengaluru-Hosur industrial corridor. More importantly, it will connect Dharmapuri with Chennai,” said a railway official.

Speaking while laying the foundation stone on Monday, Goyal said the new railway line will be ready at the earliest. At the event, the minister also announced the extension of Tambaram–Tirunelveli Antyodaya train to Nagercoil and flagged off Chennai Egmore–Kollam Daily Express through video conferencing. “The doubling with electrification of the Hosur–Bangalore section has also been sanctioned. The Chennai-Palakkad super fast express train will also be stopped at Morappur, as per the request of the Dharmapuri people,” he said.

Lok Sabha MP Anbumani Ramadoss said the project, which was restored after 78 years, will benefit Dharmapuri district economically and socially.

As part of the development of 36 km new line, two major bridges, 24 minor bridges, five road over bridges and 15 road under bridges will be built. The section will have two level-crossings at Ranimukkanur and Mukkanur.

The extension of Antyodaya Express to Nagercoil is expected to provide better connectivity between Central districts with Nagercoil, the release said.