Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu (center), Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu switching on railway line in Vijayawada on Tuesday
Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu (center), Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu switching on railway line in Vijayawada on Tuesday

Vijayawada: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu jointly commissioned the Nandyal-Yerraguntla New Railway on Tuesday. The line has length of 123 kms and built at a cost of Rs. 967 crore would link Amravati.  The train was flagged off with remote Video link from the Railway Institute in Vijayawada.

Speaking on the occasion, Suresh Prabhu described the commissioning of new railway line between Nandyal and Yerraguntla as a beginning of new phase of development of Railways in Andhra Pradesh. He stated that infrastructure development and connectivity are vital for progress of nation and the Railways want to ensure the connectivity of backward regions.

The newly commissioned railway line, which connects the heart of Rayalaseema, hitherto not on the Railway Map with Amaravati, the Capital city of Andhra Pradesh is an offshoot of the same endeavor, he added.

The Railway Minister also informed that very soon the Railways and Andhra Pradesh Government will enter into a Joint Venture to take up many more rail development projects in the State to ensure growth of infrastructure on fast track.

He also expressed confidence that the flagging off of a new passenger train between Nandyal and Kadapa will enable socio-economic growth of the region, as more trains will be introduced in the future to connect important destinations.

Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu said the commissioning of Nandyal-Yerraguntla new line was an historical event and the project is a critical link in connecting backward regions of Andhra Pradesh State with the Capital region. The new line will play an important role in the development of the state by providing crucial transportation infrastructure link with a belt rich in mineral resources and hosts several cement Plants. 

The new line has got the potential to develop port connectivity in the region and industrial advancement, the key elements for economic growth of the state. The Chief Minister stressed on evolving new and innovative ideas for growth of Railways.

The Chief Minister congratulated South Central Railway for handling the rush of pilgrims who utilized the train services during Krishna Pushkaram. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that Nandyal-Yerraguntla new railway line was a dream project of the people and complimented the Railway Ministry for undertaking the important project SCR Additional General Manager A K Gupta, described the Nandyal-Yerraguntla new line would boost industrial, economic and business activity in Rayalaseema region and would provide good connectivity to Amaravati, the capital of the state.