AMARAVATI: The Nadikudi-Sirkalahasti new railway line project, being undertaken by South Central Railway (SCR) to meet the aspirations of the people of Andhra Pradesh, particularly to those hailing from backward regions of Guntur, Prakasham and Nellore Districts, which were hitherto unconnected on the rail map, will be a key link between cities of Guntur and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh once it is commissioned.
The project is sanctioned in 2011-2012 at an estimated cost of Rs 2289 crore for a distance of 309 kilometers, is destined to herald a new dawn of economic prosperity and development in the region, on the strength of a reliable rail route, which will open up new avenues of mobility.
The initiative of the Railway has met the co-operation of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, with the Indian Railways and the State Government bearing 50 per cent of the project cost, each. In addition, the State Government has given land free of cost for the new rail line.
The Nadikudi-Srikalahasti rail line project will serve as a key link between the cities Guntur and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, being the shortest route between these two urban hubs.
The line will enormously boost the potential for transportation of freight from the industrial belt of Guntur District to different parts of the state and beyond, besides generating a viable passenger transportation mode.
The project connects Secunderabad-Guntur Branch line at Nadikudi of Guntur district and Gudur-Renigunta main line at Srikalahasti in Chittoor district and is expected to serve over 20 lakh people in the three districts of Andhra Pradesh.
The Railway foresee traffic of around 10 lakh passengers utilizing the rail services once the project is commissioned, an SCR statement here said on Sunday.