Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates doubling project in Tamil Nadu

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the 86 km Doubling project between Vanchi Maniyachchi – Tirunelveli and Melappalayam – Aralvaymoli on February 28, 2024. Costing Rs. 1477 Crore, the project enhances connectivity in the Chennai – Madurai – Kanyakumari Corridor.

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Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India visited Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu on 28th February 2024. At a function held in Tuticorin Harbour, he dedicated to the Nation the Doubling project between Vanchi Maniyachchi – Tirunelveli & Melappalayam – Aralvaymoli (total 86 Kms.) benefiting the state of Tamil Nadu. The above Doubling projects of around Rs. 1477 Crore offer seamless connectivity in Chennai- Madurai – Kanniyakumari Corridor, boosting operational efficiency in the region.

Benefits of Doubling:

The doubling of Vanchi Maniyachchi – Tirunelveli and Melappalayam – Aralvaymoli sections will greatly benefit the people of Tamil Nadu, particularly in the districts of Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, and Kanyakumari. These both sections come under the jurisdiction of Southern Railway.

Operational Efficiency:

The project enhances operational efficiency in the Tirunelveli – Nagercoil sector, reducing travel time between Chennai – Nagercoil and Chennai – Kanyakumari. It facilitates seamless operation of passenger and freight services, fostering economic growth in the region.

Connectivity Boost:

The doubling project acts as a catalyst for enhancing connectivity along the vital trunk route between Madurai and Kanyakumari. It enables the introduction of more passenger trains and premium services like Vande Bharat, meeting the growing demand for efficient transportation.

Economic Impact: 

Improved connectivity stimulates local trade and industries, creating employment opportunities and fostering socio-economic development in Southern Tamil Nadu.


PM Modi’s inauguration of the doubling project underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing infrastructure and promoting economic growth across the nation. The project’s completion signifies a significant step towards realising the vision of a well-connected and prosperous Tamil Nadu.

Source: Southern Railway- Press Release | Images Credit: Southern Railway