Nod for MMTS up to Raigir
Though Telangana state got a raw deal in terms of allocations for various ongoing projects, the Hyderabad suburban passenger transport services on the busy Ghatkesar section will get a further boost with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announcing the MMTS project on a cost sharing basis with Telangana government.
New Delhi/Hyderabad: Though Telangana state got a raw deal in terms of allocations for various ongoing projects, the Hyderabad suburban passenger transport services on the busy Ghatkesar section will get a further boost with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announcing the MMTS project on a cost sharing basis with Telangana government.
The Telangana state government had requested the Minister to include extension of MMTS services from Ghatkesar to Raigir at the temple town of Yadagiri by offering to bear two-thirds of the estimated Rs 330 crore cost for the project two months ago.
The long pending demand of the Telangana people for Peddapalli-Nizamabad railway line finally got a boost with the announcement of Rs 70 crore for speeding up the process. Likewise, Muneerabad-Mahbubnagar line has been provided with Rs 180 crore. Similarly Nalgonda-Macherla is given Rs 20 crore. The Raghavapuram-Madamarri line was given Rs 15 crore.
Kazipet Vijayawada third line gets Rs 114 crore, Secunderabad-Mahabubnagar doubling Rs 80 crore, construction of subway between Peddapally and Jagatial Rs 5 crore, RoB between Kazipet and Warangal Rs 5 crore, Mansoorabad-Kothapalli Rs 20 crore, Gadwal -Raichur Rs 5 crore, Bhadrachalam-Sattupalli Rs one crore, Manuguru-Adilabad Rs 10 crore and Mudhole-Adilabad line gets Rs one crore. Out of the 400 stations slated for redevelopment, 36 stations under SCR would be redeveloped. Among which, Secunderabad, Nampally and Kacheguda are included.
The new works to be taken up include workshop for Wagon Periodical Overhauling at Kazipet which has been sanctioned at a total cost of Rs 269 crore and an amount of Rs 20 crore has been allotted this year. Also the Kazipet Electrical Loco shed augmentation of homing capacity from 125 locos to 175 locos at an estimated cost of Rs 18 crore is proposed.
The budgetary allocations for important projects are Peddapalli-Karimnagar-Nizamabad project (Rs 70 crore), Jaggayyapet-Mellacheruvu-Janpahad (Rs110 crore), Nandyal-Yerraguntla (Rs 100 crore), Munirabad-Mahbubnagar (Rs 180 crore),
New works under partnership with state governments Joint Venture are doubling of railway track between Gadchandur–Adilabad new line for a distance of 70 km, Secunderabad–Zahirabad 70 km, Bodhan–Bidar 100 km, Latur–Nanded via Loha and Ahmedpur and Gadwal–Macherla New 184 km.
Briefing media about the highlights of the budget, the South Central Railway (SCR) general manager Ravindra Gupta said with the SCR losing out on freight traffic in the last fiscal, the strategy this year is to sign long-term contracts with key freight customers with pre-determined tariff. The SCR is also planning to develop rail side warehouses with cold storage facilities and attract farming and fishing sectors.