Naidu wants SCR to study Options on Rail link to new Andhra Capital ‘Amaravati’

Vijayawada: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday wanted South Central Railway General Manager Ravindra Gupta to explore the possibility of establishing rail connectivity along the four and six-lane roads proposed to be laid between Amaravati and Rayalaseema to which the Hyderabad-Bengaluru highway would be linked.

The Chief Minister further suggested that SCR come up with a detailed action plan for developing the railway network so as to help transform the State into a logistics hub. Enhanced railway linkages on these routes would give a major fillip to development of the State Mr. Naidu told Mr. Gupta, when the latter’s called on the Chief Minister at his office here.

Mr. Naidu said a special purpose vehicle could be created for taking up new railway lines which were an essential component of the multi-modal logistics hub, which was on top of the government’s agenda.

Havelock Bridge

Mr. Naidu requested Mr. Gupta to hand over the Havelock Bridge at Rajamahendravaram for developing it into a heritage structure. Alternatively, the railways could auction the bridge on its own, he said and pointed out that the local people had even staged protests against its demolition.

Later, addressing the media, Mr. Gupta said he would meet the Chief Minister with the action plan on various projects, next month. “The projects will be dealt with expeditiously. We will do a comprehensive analysis and prepare the action plan,” he said.

Asked about the Chennai-Delhi high speed corridor, Mr. Gupta said the Detailed Project Report (DPR) was being readied and the Ministry of Railways would take a decision soon. Due priority was also being given to the Chennai-Visakhapatnam corridor, he said.

A scheme for providing guaranteed accommodation for waited-listed passengers on reserved trains by adding more coaches was on the anvil while the proposal to extend the facility to other trains was under consideration. Mr. Gupta had also apprised the Chief Minister about the proposal for linking Amaravati to Bangalore City through Rayalaseema and said it could be considered for inclusion in the ensuing Railway budget.

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