No other railway zone can compete with the Southern Railways construction
in wing on inordinate delays in completing infrastructure projects. Yet another
record was created wehn the construction wing has taken nearly seven years to
complete the 29 kilometer third line between Chennai's southern suburb Tambaram
The project delayed over acquisition of land is likely to be completed by
end May this year while the work on the project commenced way back in 2015
The 29-km third line
will reduce the halt time of trains
The 29-km third line will not only increase track capacity by 25 per cent,
but would also reduce the halt time of trains arriving from Southern districts
of the State en route to Egmore. It will help to press into service more
suburban trains between Tambaram and Chengelpet.
media reports said the work on the Guduvancheri-Chengalpattu (18 kms)
stretch had been completed and commissioned. Works for laying the 11 km portion
from Tambaram to Guduvancheri is progressing fast and is in the final stage.
“We have formed the embankment between Tambaram and Guduvancheri and tracks are
being positioned on it. Overhead lines and power poles have been erected.
Platform-building works are being carried out at Perungalathur, Vandalur
and Urapakkam,” Wor on of the 29-km third line was approved after a prolonged
delay the railway board for several years.
The actual work began in 2015 at a cost of Rs 256 crore. Although railways
planned to complete the works by 2017, it was delayed owing to land acquisition
issues. Issues in land acquisition were resolved last year.
Once completed, the new line will be inspected by the Commissioner of
Railway Safety by June or July, and subsequently the line will be thrown open
No one wants to part with the land for the
public project said a former official of the railways
Railway and the projects of the state have not received priority of the railway
board for several years. If one or 2 projects get cleared, alloction of funds
are usually meagre that it takes decades to complete. Even these one two
sanctioned projects face serious land acquisition issues in Tamil nadu even
after the government had substantially hiked the compensation rates in the last
few years. No one wants to part with the land in the state for the public
project said a former official of the railways.