Velu flags off train on broad gauge track

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Mysore, Nov 11 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Railways R Velu flagged off the Chamarajanagara-Nanjangud town train, after its conversion to broad guage at Chamarajanagara Railway Station today.

The 61-km-long broad guage conversion of Mysore-Chamarajanagara was completed at a cost of Rs 197 crore. Earlier, its cost was estimated to be Rs 87 crore.

Speaking after inaugurating the newly built modern Chamarajanagara Railway Station, he said the guage conversion work in Karnataka was almost over except two patch works in Bagalkot Gadag and Shimoga-Talagupa, which also would be completed soon.

Mr Velu claimed that since last four years the Indian Railway had earned a surplus of Rs one lakh crore after compeleting all necessary projects in the country and this year it was expected to touch the surplus of Rs 25,000 crore.

On the new Railway lines between Chamarajanagara-Metupalyam in Tamil Nadu, he said even though the survey work was complete, the Railway authorities were waiting for the clearance from the forest department as the entire line had to pass through the thick forest and two national parks in this region.

There was also a case before the Supreme Court on this project, he said, adding once all these hurdles were cleared the authorities would be able to take up the project.

Referring to the Ramanagaram-Mysore double track project, he said the project was approved last year but there were some problems which would be sorted out soon.

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