Southern Railway budget allotment for 2019-20 slips to Rs 4,118 cr

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on July 11, 2019 Published on July 11, 2019

Southern Railway (SR) has got a budget allotment of Rs 4,118.80 crore for the financial year 2019-20. This is slighly lower than last year's allocation of Rs 4,172 crore.

The focus for SR this year will be rail safety, project implementation and upgrading passenger amenities.

Doubling, gauge conversion and new lines projects have been allotted Rs 901.90 crore, Rs 245.10 crore and Rs 52.29 crore respectively, says a SR press release.

Giving importance to railway safety works, Rs 380.54 crore has been allotted for works related to road-over-bridges and road-under-bridges and Rs 51.87 crore has been allotted to level crossing works. Track renewal work has been allotted Rs 918 crore.

Various traffic facilities will be upgraded with the provision of Rs 41.47 crore. Passenger amenities at stations across SR will be upgraded with Rs 264.22 crore allotted in the budget outlay for 2019-20, the release said.

Published on July 11, 2019

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