Vijayawada: The long-pending Kotipalli-Narasapuram railway line project has gained momentum with the Central government allocating Rs. 200 crore in the present budget and the local elected representative making arrangements to make the foundation stone laying ceremony a grand event.
Even as the budgetary allocation was done in the last week of February, the date of commencement of works has been postponed time and again.
Initially, the project was supposed to commence from June and now it got postponed to September.
Similarly, there were also doubts about the contribution to be made by the State government for this Rs. 1,100-crore project, as a Special Purpose Vehicle was already set up with the Central and the State governments as partners to complete three railway projects in the State and this railway line was second in the list.
Once it is completed, the railway line could provide economic transportation to agriculture and horticulture produce of the verdant Konaseema region to different destinations, besides providing train transport facility to the commuters.
The Konaseema JAC is not happy over the progress of the project