Tamil Nadu keen on high-speed train corridors

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu State government has written to the Ministry of Railways expressing its interest in having high-speed train corridors between Chennai and Coimbatore and Chennai and Kanyakumari.

K. Venkatasamy, chief administrative officer (construction), Southern Railway, said though the government had discussed the issue, they are yet to decide on the speed and the funding component.

Semi-high speed trains

Senior railway officials also said a survey was done to run semi-high speed trains that can run at 160 kilometres per hour on the Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysore route.

“A delegation from China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group, inspected the route between Chennai and Jolarpettai,” said Laj Kumar, additional member (works), Railway Board.

He said the State government was also very keen on promoting four railway projects such as Chennai-Mamallapuram – Puducherry new line, Avadi-Guduvancheri new line, Madurai-Tuticorin new line and Madurai-Kanyakumari doubling – for investment during the Global Investors Meet later this year.