Railway minister Suresh Prabhu along with other dignitaries inaugurating passenger amenities at Secunderabad railway station on Monday
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu along with other dignitaries inaugurating passenger amenities at Secunderabad railway station on Monday

The possibility of underground rail connectivity to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport from Umdanagar to Shamshabad would be looked into and the task of conducting a survey would be given to Rail India Technical and Economic Services (Rites) said the Railway minister Suresh Prabhu. It may be noted that last mile connectivity to the airport has become a major issue with the GMR airport authorities not willing to part with the required land.

The minister said that it would be seen if it was possible to go ahead with the underground rail with the Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) Phase II from Umdanagar to Shamshabad or the Hyderabad Metro Rail.

The rail minister also announced that the city would also get two new time-bound green field terminals at Cherlapalli and Nagulapalli. The South Central Railway is in talks with the state government to develop the Cherlapalli station into a world class station but now it is official that there would be two mega terminals in the future.

New trains inaugurated
Two trains 11307 Gulbarga-Hyderabad (daily) Intercity Express; Train No.11083 Mumbai LTT-Kazipet (Weekly) Tadoba Express and Time Tabled (Weekly) CONCOR Cargo Express Service from Nagalapalli to Tuglakabad (via Remote Video Link) was inaugurated by the Rail minister on Monday. He also commissioned two lifts at Nizamabad Railway Station (Via Remote Video Link) and inaugurated AC retiring rooms and dormitory on Platform No.1 at Secunderabad station.

Two railway stations; Hyderabad and Kacheguda have now become one of the few stations in the country with 100 % LED lighting. Suresh Prabhu said that the Indian Railway is an energy guzzling sector and it is the matter of need and existence. Reducing the energy bills and conserving are essential. He also said that all water bodies on the railways would be restored.

In order to minimize the consumption of power, Railways is tapping renewable energy sources, illuminating the stations through LED lighting, practice of prudent energy audit methods in a big way. Due to these Railways has saved Rs. 3,500 crores on power, Railway Minister said.

Two/Thirds of earnings of Railways come from freight traffic, but this segment was neglected for many years opined the minister. Now this ministry is taking up reforms in this segment by introducing time-tabled cargo services informed the minister soon after flagging off the CONCOR Cargo Express Service from Nagalapalli to Tuglakabad.