Nagapattinam: The Railway Ministry has sanctioned Rs 218 crore (approx US$ 34 Million) for electrifying the Villupuram-Thanjavur railway line in Tamil Nadu.
As announced in the 2017-18 Union Budget, the electrification work of Villupuram-Cuddalore Port – Mayiladuturai-Thanjavur line and Mayiladuturai to Thiruvarur line has been entrusted to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) for execution at an estimated cost of Rs 218.41 crore (approx US$ 34.06 Million), a press release from the Southern Railway, Tiruchirapalli division, said.
- Electrification of the section would provide an alternate route to Chennai-Tiruchchirappalli section via Villupuram-Mayiladuturai-Thanjavur.
- The release said, in addition, the line would connect Cuddalore and Karaikal ports on electric traction.
- On completion of the project, energy-efficient, eco-friendly MEMU (Mainline Electric Multiple Units) trains can be operated in these sections, paving the way for reduction in commuting time for railway users of delta regions.
- The release added, pilgrims visiting religious centres in and around Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai, Kumbakonam & Thanjavur can take advantage of the improved connectivity.