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TDP MP pushes for Kakinada-Pithapuram rail line construction

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party today raised a strong demand for taking up the much-delayed Kakinada-railway main line construction project.

The had kept the project on a "freezing mode" based on an "erroneous report" sent to its board, Narasimham told reporters here this afternoon.

The member from took up the issue with South Yadav at a meeting organised with MPs from the state.

Narasimham maintained construction of the Kakinada- main line was a decades-old dream and linked to sentiment of the people of the region.

"Suresh Prabhu, when he was for Railways, granted Rs 50 crore in the first year and Rs 150 crore in the second year for the 21km project.

"The state is ready to bear the land cost of the project but some officials sent a wrong report to the that the Samalkot- line is not viable. This has nothing to do with the Kakinada- line," he told reporters after the meeting.

The officials did not consult him before submitting the report, he added.

"I have taken up the issue with and he promised to take up the work if there is no problem in land "

Meanwhile, the informed the MPs that major works related to development of in were progressing at a brisk pace.

Works related to construction of a new line between Yerraguntla and Nandyal and electrification of the Wadi- Raichur-Guntakal section were completed during the current fiscal, Yadav said.

In addition, a small stretch in the Nadikudi Srikalahasti and KadapaBengaluru new line projects was also targeted for completion during the current fiscal, he added.

He said works on doubling and electrification of the Vijayawada-Gudivada-Bhimavaram-Narsapursection section were going on at a fast pace.

Works on construction of 58 Road-Over-Bridges (ROBs) and 138 Road-Under-Bridges (RUBs) were in progress, while construction of another 21ROBs and 24 RUBs was under consideration, Yadav said.

The Tirupati railway station would be developed into a world-class facility at a cost of Rs 450 crore, the General Manager said.

A proposal to connect Kadapa and Kurnool towns in Rayalaseema with new the states new capital Amaravati was under active consideration, Yadav added.

and YSR MPs attended the meeting.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 19:15 IST