Board gives in-principle approval for Manoharabad-Kothapalli new BG Railway Line

Telangana State Government to bear one-third of the expenses of the project.  Karimnagar (known as ‘Helagandi’ during Magadha and Satavahana era and one of India’s most historic-rich region) to get connected with State Capital with this proposed new railway line

सिकंदराबाद Secunderabad (SC): The longstanding dream of Karimnagar people may be closer to reality now. After the Telangana State government went the extra mile in bearing expenses, the railway board reportedly agreed in principle for the new broad gauge railway line from Manoharabad to Kothapalli in Karimnagar.

The railway line was first proposed by Chief Minister KCR during his stint as Karimnagar MP in 2004 to the then UPA Government. After he took over as CM in June, KCR proposed that the TS Government would share one-third cost of construction of the railway project and providing the land free of cost besides paying annuity for the first five years after commissioning of the project. This clinched the deal with the railways.

The 146 kilometre railway line from Manoharabad in Medak to Kothapalli in Karimnagar could cost around Rs 1000 Cr and a third of that combined with land acquisition by TS Government could cost Telangana around Rs 600 Cr. Once the land acquisition amount is deposited with railways, it will kickstart works on the project, which will connect Karimnagar district headquarters to Hyderabad.