Tamil Nadu gets a fair share of new railway projects


Chennai : Tamil Nadu figured prominently in the budgetary proposals of Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee tabled in parliament Friday.

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Whether it is the upgrade of railway stations, introduction of new trains, building of medical and nursing colleges, development of railway land or freight corridor, the state had a fair share of proposals.

Chennai Central is one of the 50 stations that will be developed as a world class station through public-private partnership (PPP).

The railways will also build multi-functional complexes housing shopping areas, food courts and budget hotels at 50 locations across India including Kanyakumari, Madurai, Rameswaram and Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu.

Chennai will be home to a railway medical college, attached to its hospital here, and a nursing college to be set up on a PPP model.

The railway minister also announced premium parcel service between Delhi to Royapuram in the state.

Tamil Nadu also figures in the point-to-point non-stop service to be launched for the first time in the country with a train between Chennai and the national capital.

The state capital will also get a train for women during peak hours apart from express trains between Madurai and Chennai, as well as Kanyakumari and Rameswaran via Madurai.

The minister also extended the service of a few trains and said a new train information system will be started here in addition to those in Delhi and Kolkata.