Cost escalated to ₹1,160 crore due to delay for more than 9 years by the Congress Govt says Harish Rao, Minister for Irrigation, Govt.of Telangana.
HYDERABAD: Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao said that railway line to Gajwel will be operational by January, 2019. Mr. Harish Rao along with the officials inspected the railway line works pertaining to 31 km, from Manoharabad to Gajwel, and enquired about the progress. “Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao got the railway line sanctioned when he was a Union Minister.
The Congress at both Centre and State, which ruled for a decade from 2004-2014, had delayed the Manoharabad-Kothapally railway line by nine long years even after it was granted.
But the then Congress government delayed the project by nine years by not releasing its share. Now the Chief Minister has been releasing the share of the State and the railway line will be completed by January, 2019,” said Mr. Harish Rao.
Informing that the project cost had escalated from ₹360 crore to ₹1,160 crore due to the delay and the State government has released ₹120 crore for land acquisition, the Minister said that 17-km line was already completed and the remaining would be completed by the deadline. Stating that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had gone all out to get the railway line granted to Telangana. During his inspection from Manoharabad in Medak district to Gajwel in Siddipet district on Monday, Rao said that the State government has granted its share of Rs 120 crore towards the project to help the Railway Department complete it on a war-footing.
He informed that the land acquisition up to Jakkapur in Siddipet district from Manhorabad has been completed, adding that of 31 km, works at the 17 km stretch were completed. Since the railway line is touching national highways at several places, Rao said that they had to build bridges in several places.
Later, he held a review meeting with district officials and railways engineering authorities at Collectorate, Siddipet.
Rao instructed Collector P Venkatrami Reddy to expedite the process of land acquisition to allow the railway department to complete the project early.
South Central Railway, Chief Engineer, Ramesh, Dy Chief Engineer Subramanyam, Project Director, NHAI (National Highways Authority of India), Hameed Ali and others were present.
In the evening he held a review meeting with Collector P. Venkataram Reddy, SCR Zone Chief Engineer Ramesh, NHAI project director Hameed Ali and Joint Collector Padmakar.