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New Delhi : Railways, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Minister, Government of India,  Piyush Goyal, inaugurated and dedicated to Nation a host of infrastructure projects, projects related to passenger amenities and facilities at various railway stations in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh (MP), West Bengal, and Karnataka through video conferencing on February 21, 2021. A total of  88 Railway projects worth over Rs 1,000 crore were dedicated to the Nation making Indian Railways future ready.

Inaugurating the rail projects in Kerala, Goyal said that it’s important to improve connectivity in the state, which is a keeper of Indian Heritage, and for the railway passengers using the various amenities in the state. ” Our effort is that we give a big lift to the infrastructure to the railways in Kerala. We give a boost to the facilities connecting Kerala with the rest of the country. We ignite more economic activity in the area and transform the railway network through the state of Kerala. The budget being allocated for Kerala is continuously increasing year on year. We are committed to having a vibrant railway network across Kerala in the days and months to come,” he added, according to a PIB release.

In Kerala, Foot Over Bridges have been provided at three locations : Kollam, Kundara, and Kochuveli, at a total cost of Rs 9.56 Crore They will enhance the mobility of passengers and ease crowd dispersal at these important stations.

In order to reinforce safety of passengers at railway stations, state-of-the-art Video Surveillance Systems have been installed at 15 locations a total cost of Rs.9.45 Crore. With Central monitoring system at Chennai, railway stations such as Alleppey, Aluva, Chengannur, Ernakulam Town, Kayankulam, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, Badagara, Kannur, Kasaragod, Palakkad Jn, Tirur, Thalassery, Kanhangad, and Payyanur will be equipped with Video Surveillance Systems. At two stations in Kerala : Thiruvananthapuram Central and Thrissur, Airport type illumination of covered Platforms has been provided at a total cost of Rs.42 lakh.

Inaugurating rail projects in Tamil Nadu, Goyal said, ” We are committed to making Tamil Nadu Railways a fully electrified network so there is no pollution due to the Railways. We have doubled the speed of electrification in last 6-7 years. In next 2 1/2 years, entire rail network of the state will be electrified. We are also constructing the first ever vertical bridge, Pamban bridge, which will connect the Ram Setu and give pilgrims visiting Rameshwaram and Dhanushkodi easier access in that region. We have done 100% LED lighting in all the Railway Stations and service buildings in Tamil Nadu. It also boasts of the first Green Corridor, 114 km stretch from Rameswaram to Manamadura. It is India’s first green Railway corridor.

For the convenience and safety of passengers, Foot Over Bridges have been provided at 10 locations in Tamil Nadu at a total cost of Rs 23.32 Crore at Ambattur, Arakkonam, Elavur, Mambalam, Mettupalayam, Tiruppur, Gangaikondan, Kadayanallur,Nagercoil Jn, Vanchi Maniyachchi .

Inaugurating Rail projects in Karanataka, Goyal said, “Today, I pay tribute to late Suresh Angadi for exemplary work he did for Railways and for the state of Karnataka. Doubling of track from Gubbi to Nittur may seem like a small stretch but it is a part of a larger vision to double the railway line from Arsikere to Tumukuru on the Benguluru-Hubballi line. The larger project between the Londa and the Miraj 186km project will be completed in the next two years.