Vanakkam. While thanking you for your kind New Year Greetings, I request you to accept my hearty greetings to you for the New Year 2016. I have received your Letter No. MR/VIP/32/2016 dated 22-1-2016 and I thank you very much for the same. I am quite aware of all the dynamic initiatives you have been undertaking in regard to new physical infrastructure and expansion of connectivity to new areas. I am also happy about your distinct efforts to improve Service delivery overcoming certain challenges. I wish you success in all your endeavours to make Railways a more responsive Organisation
I will be failing in my duty if I do not point out stalling of a number of projects relating to Tamil Nadu. It pains my heart to mention that Tamil Nadu has not been given its due share by the Indian Railways for long. Though reasons like financial deficit, problems and complications in finalising the Tenders and cases pending in the Courts relating to Land Acquisition are adduced for giving up the projects, I am not fully convinced whether they have no solution at all. Chennai Beach - Korukkuppettai Third Line, Chennai Central - Basin Bridge 5th and 6th Line, Athippattu - Puthur 88.3 KMs Long New Line, Chennai Beach - Athippattu 4th Line; all these projects were already started with a view to improve connectivity and reduce congestion in Chennai Sub-Urban areas but alas, they have been withdrawn now. Other important projects which are held up by Railways are Kumbakonam - Tiruvarur, Omalur - Mettur Dam, Erode - Palani, Thirupperumpudur - Guduvancherry, Madurai - Tutucorin via. Aruppukkottai, Bengaluru - Sathiamangalam, Tindivanam - Thiruvannamalai, Madurai - Bodinaickanur, Chennai - Cuddalore via. Mamallapuram and Tindivanam - Nagari. Some of these projects were announced during 1996-1997 and 1998-1999. Having completed all the preliminary works like studies on viability, feasibility, etc., before announcement, it is not fair for any Government to stop the projects. It is like showing a fruit to a child and then all of a sudden hiding it to the disappointment of the Child.
It may not be out of place if I mention here that I took personal efforts in getting the Erode-Palani Project set in motion during 2004 and 2009. Having satisfactorily fulfilled all the formalities for launching the project, it was stopped much to the dissatisfaction of the people in the Area.
People of Tamil Nadu will be happy and thankful to you if you can kindly focus your attention to reopen the above-mentioned Projects and give them a new life and impetus in the forth coming Railway Budget.
I am personally grateful to you for your detailed Letter to me.
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