आदिलाबाद Adilabad (ADB): If the government needs a trigger for industrial development in Adilabad, then it has to ensure that the Indian Railways improves its network, especially in the western parts of the district. The western part of the district, comprising the headquarters town, which is the biggest cotton market and processing centre in Asia, and Nirmal town, lack good railway connectivity. This has slackened the pace of industrial growth here as compared to the eastern parts which are better developed.
The people’s representatives, who had earlier failed to take initiative in bagging development projects for the region, should pressure the Railway Ministry to take up pending surveys for a new line between Patancheru industrial district and Adilabad and Gadchandur in Maharashtra and Adilabad, which were included in the 2012-2013 Railway Budget. These lines would give a boost to goods transportation from Gadhchandur, a cement manufacturing hub. Also, transporting coal from Singareni Collieries to Parli in Maharashtra would become hassle-free.
“The public representatives should also press for double track between Secunderabad and Mudkhed in Nanded railway division and Parli and Adilabad, to increase the frequency of trains taking the Adilabad route. This will certainly be one of the reasons for industries to set up shop here,” opines Mahendra Kumar Dokwal, a businessman associated with railway development activity in Adilabad.
“This year’s Railway Budget has two new weekly trains – Nanded-Bikaner and Kazipet-Mumbai – which are likely to be introduced later this year. Our leaders should ensure that these trains are routed via Adilabad in order to facilitate general public and also open new avenues for trade and industry,” he says. Among other pending projects is the survey for a new line between Adilabad and Armoor of neighbouring Nizamabad district.