The track doubling will help in easing the traffic and facilitate more trains to operate.

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MaduraiFeb. 6The Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the Union Minister for Railways, Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav, and the Union Minister of State for Railways, Mr R. Velu, to expedite the track-doubling project between Madurai and Dindigul.

The track doubling will help in easing the traffic and facilitate more trains to operate, the Chamber has said.

In a memorandum to the Ministers on Wednesday, it welcomed the commitment of the Southern Railway Administration for doubling and electrification of the board gauge line between Villupuram and Tuticorin. It also forwarded a proposal to the Railway Board, noting that the Madurai-Dindigul project has been suffering for long due to merger allotment

While the current year provision of Rs 30 crore for the project in a revised estimated cost of Rs 112 crore is welcome, the project should be completed as scheduled by March 2008, it said.

The other demands in the memorandum, include laying a direct board gauge line between Madurai and Kottayam; conversion of the meter gauge line in Virudhunagar-Aruppukottai-Manamadurai section as board gauge; to provide an alternate route to Chennai from southern districts; conversion of the meter gauge line between Dindigul and Coimbatore into board gauge, at the earliest.More demands in the memorandum were for a new board gauge route between Madurai and Karaikudi via Melur; immediate allotment of additional funds for developing Koodalnagar Railway Station in the northern part of the city; introduction of push and pull service between Virudhunagar-Madurai-Dindigul; conversion of the Chennai-Tenkasi Pothigai Express, which is running thrice a week now, into a daily service and provision of escalators in first and second platforms of Madurai Junction.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 7, 2007)
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