Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to announce the sanction of high-speed bullet train between Hyderabad and Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, during his visit to Hyderabad for the launch of much-awaited Metro Rail. Tentatively, Modi is scheduled to visit Hyderabad on November 27 or 28.
The proposal to link the Telangana and Andhra capitals through a high-speed train was already under active consideration before the Union government. The high-speed train would be developed parallel to the National Highway 65 (formerly NH 9) between Hyderabad and Vijayawada. The proposal was placed before the Union government following the Centre’s nod to the elevation of NH 65 as Express Highway as part of the creation of growth corridor between the two states.
A TRS MP told The Hans India that the Union ministry of Road Transport and National Highways was busy studying the feasibility of the high-speed train between the two states in coordination with the ministry of Railways. The preliminary reports prepared by the ministry hinted that the Centre will clear the proposal anytime.
The MP said the Prime Minister expressed interest in taking up the high-speed train between the two state capitals during a recent meeting with the ministries concerned. ‘’Modi is also keen to announce the project during his visit to Hyderabad,” he said.
As per the proposal the highway connecting Hyderabad and Vijayawada on the stretch of 270 km would be upgraded to eight lanes on a par with the Mumbai and Pune Expressway, the first express highway laid by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in the country.
Simultaneously, the works to lay tracks for high-speed train would also be taken up. Railways and Union ministry of Road Transport have already agreed in principle to the two proposals last year. The land acquisition for express highway was already completed during the upgradation of NH65 as a four-lane in 2010.
The main objective behind forwarding the two proposals is to increase road and rail connectivity between the two capital cities and create a growth corridor like the one coming up between Chennai and Bengaluru. The corridor between the two states would help in establishing more industrial zones and invite huge investments from the private sector, which would bolster the economies of both the states.