Kadapa-Bangalore Section: Phase-I of BG conversion in full swing, Trial Run on in February

The 21.8 km Phase-I GC Works between Kadapa-Pendlimarry are nearing completion to be ready by February, as part of 257 Km long Kadapa-Bangalore Railway line

Earthen works and bridge construction were nearing completion on the 21.8 km. long first phase of the Kadapa-Bangalore broad gauge railway line from Kadapa to Pabbapuram, Gangannapalli and Pendlimarry, Twenty Point Economic Programme Chairman N.Thulasi Reddy said on Thursday.

Speaking to newsmen after inspecting the railway station yard sites at Gangannapalle and Pendlimarry, he said plans were afoot to complete the first phase and undertake a trial run in February 2014. Line linking work was in progress, Railway Construction Assistant Executive Engineer T.V. Krishnaiah told Dr. Reddy. Officials had so far acquired 285.15 acres of land between Kadapa and Pendlimarry out of the required 311.84 acres of land. Fifty four small bridges were completed and two more are under construction. Three of the six major bridges were completed, he added.

The 257-km. long Kadapa-Bangalore railway line was being executed in four phases, he said. Later, speaking to reporters he said the works on the railway line between Kadapa-Bangalore is being taken up in four phases – Kadapa-Pendlamarri, Pendlamarri-Rayachoti, Rayachoti-Vayalapadu and Mulbhagal-Kolur. In the third phase, there are three sub-phases which connect Vayalapadu to Mulbhagal. The total length of the line is 257 km.  The phase II A work from Pendlimarry to Rayachoti, phase II B from Rayachoti to Vayalpadu in Chittoor district and phase III from Madanapalle road to Madaghatta on Andhra Pradesh border, phase III B from Madaghatta to Mulabagal on the Karnataka border and phase IV from Mulabagal to Kolar would be taken up.

A sum of Rs.153 crore was spent on the first phase works so far, including State contribution of Rs.89 crore, and the Centre released Rs.20 crore out of its share of Rs.50 crore, the chairman said.

“Works on construction of 54 minor bridges of the 56 bridges under the first phase have ben completed. The remaining two are under construction. Works on three major bridges have completed and three others are in progress,’’ he said adding that the trial run of the railway engine will be conducted in Feb 2014.

Dr.Thulasi Reddy assured to apprise the Union Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy to release the requisite funds. Railway Construction Assistant Executive Engineers T.V.Krishnaiah and Sivaiah and section engineers Vidyasagar and Seetharamaraju and Congress functionaries Ramana and Viswanatha Reddy were present.