Guntur-Tenali track doubling nearing completion

GUNTUR: Vinod Kumar, South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager, has said the track doubling on the Guntur-Tenali stretch is going on at a brisk pace and would be completed in the current financial year. New trains would be introduced after the project ends, he said.

Addressing a press conference in Guntur on Wednesday, Kumar said more projects would come up after finalisation of their feasibility reports. Modern facilities are being introduced at Guntur railway station with Rs.20 crore; a platform will also be added here, he said. As the feasibility report has been submitted for the Amaravati project, the first phase works will begin after allocation of Rs.1,732 crore.

“The officials are processing tenders according to the land availability,” he said, asking the authorities to speed up the railway line works. Electrification works in the Guntur-Guntakal railway line has been completed; works at the Nadikudi-Sri Kalahasti stretch is also in an advanced stage, the SCR GM added.

Earlier, he inspected the Mangalagiri railway station and said that an additional platform would be constructed as it is demanded by the public. He said the name of Amravati Express would be changed to Magaladri Express. In this regard, the EO of the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthanam, Panakala Rao, had submitted a representation to the GM.

DPR Submitted for Railway line to Amaravati

GM/SCR also said that they submitted a Detailed Project Report to the Railway Board for approval to connect the railway line to capital Amaravati. He said that as soon as they get necessary approvals, they will first lay single line railway track to connect the state capital and later, they will lay the second railway line also. He made it clear that this is the procedure, they follow to lay new railway lines.

While Nadikudi-Srikalahasti railway line laying work is in progress and said that to speed up the work, they will start the work from Sri Kalahasti side also, he said that land acquisition was pending at Udayagiri in Nellore district and they urged the authorities concerned to expedite the land acquisition process. He said that they will develop Guntur Railway Station west side also and the existing RUB will be extended up to eighth platform.