Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated two rail projects in Tamil Nadu, the Chennai Beach – Attipattu fourth railway line and electrification of Villupuram – Thanjavur – Thiruvarur single line sections.
The fourth railway line between Chennai Beach and Attipattu runs 22.1 km and has been laid at a cost of Rs 293.40 crore. This railway section connects the Chennai Port and Ennore Port and passes via major yards.
It traverses through Chennai and Thiruvallur districts and is likely to ease out traffic from Chennai Port. Providing operational flexibility for train movement, it is expected to boost the connectivity on high density route of the Golden Quadrilateral.
Apart from this, electrification of single line in Villupuram – Cuddalore – Mayiladuthurai – Thanjavur section and Mayiladuthurai-Thiruvarur section has been completed at a cost of Rs 423 crore.
Electrification of the 228 km long route will not only result in a saving of Rs 14.61 lakh per day on fuel cost, but also enable free flow of traffic without the need for a change of traction between Chennai Egmore and Kanyakumari.
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