‘Kumbakonam-Vriddhachalam railway line must be laid soon’

Three AIADMK MPs have demanded a new railway line from Kumbakonam to Vriddhachalam via Jayamkondam.

The MPs – R.K. Bharathimohan (Mayiladuthurai), M. Chandrakasi (Chidambaram) and A. Arunmozhithevan (Cuddalore) – met Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi recently and handed over a memorandum.

They said a survey for laying a railway line from Kumbakonam to Vriddhachalam (74.31 km) was conducted and a report sent to the Railway Ministry in 2016.

The project should be considered on socio-economic grounds since it would meet a long-pending demand of the public besides improving the backward region.

The new line would provide shorter rail connectivity between Kumbakonam and Vriddhachalam instead of the circuitous route via Tiruchi and Thanjavur. It would provide a rail link to Jayamkondam and Andimadam in Ariyalur district and Srimushnam in Cuddalore district.

The new line would help in freight movement and give a tremendous boost to the overall development of the region by attracting industrial investments, the memorandum said.

Earlier visit

A delegation of trade association representatives and rail users of Kumbakonam met Mr. Goyal last month and urged him to accord sanction for the Kumbakonam – Vriddhachalam line as it would pass through lignite-rich Jayamkondam and would be commercially viable once lignite extraction began.

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