SECUNDERABAD: Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated a host of Developmental Initiatives on South Central Railway at a function held at Hi-Tech City Railway Station, Hyderabad today i.e., 25th March, 2017. The function was simultaneously held at Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar and Aurangabad through video remote link. The developmental initiatives inaugurated are –
- Commissioning of Nizamabad-Morthad New Railway Line and Flagging off DEMU Train Services between Nizamabad-Karimnagar.
- Commissioning of Devarkadra-Jaklair New Railway Line and Flagging off DEMU Passenger between Mahbubnagar-Jaklair.
- Foundation stone for Doubling of Mahbubnagar-Secunderabad Railway Line.
- Dedication of Second Entry of Malkajgiri Railway Station.
- Declaration of 10 Railway Stations on SCR – Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Basar, Guntur, Vijayawada, Kakinada Town, Tirupati, Raichur, Aurangabad and Nanded as Digital Payment enabled (DiGiPay) stations.
- Commissioning of 225 kWp on Grid Solar Plant at Hyderabad Railway Station
- Commissioning of Water Recycling Plant at Hyderabad Railway Station.
- Revival of Water body at Alugadda Bavi, Secunderabad.
- Dedication of two Escalators on Platform No. 1 & 2/3 at Aurangabad Railway Station to the Nation.
Speaking on the occasion, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that the host of Rail Infra Developmental Works being commissioned today are gifts to the people of Telugu speaking States on the occasion of ‘Ugadi’ and on the occasion of ‘Gudipadva’ to the people of Maharashtra. He said that an amount of Rs.1729 Crores has been granted as budgetary outlay for Rail Projects in Telangana State which is a sizable increase of 187 % over the average of previous two years.
For New Lines, the budgetary grant is Rs.1375 Crores as against previous allocation of Rs.312 Crores for the year 2016-17, which is 340% more. For doubling and third line works, the budgetary grant is Rs.449 Crores as against Rs.294 Crores during the previous financial year. Suresh Prabhu said that Indian Railways is focusing primarily on Passenger Safety, Capital and Developmental Works, Cleanliness and Accounting Reforms for the overall progress.
The other areas of prime focus for Indian Railways relates to reducing cost of expenditure on power. Indian Railways has saved Rs.4000 Crores during the year by taking up reforms in the Power Sector. Generation of Solar Power to supplement the Traction and Non-Traction needs of Railways has been taken up on large scale. Railways have joined hands with the State Governments in Environmental Protection with afforestation programs on vacant lands, the Minister informed.
Elaborating on the stress laid by Indian Railways in progress of the Rail Network in various states, the Minister said that Telangana State, the youngest state of the country will be given all cooperation by the Railways for ensuring development. As part of Capital Investment Program a new work between Armoor-Adilabad for a length of 220 Kms at a cost of Rs. 2800 Crores has been sanctioned for taking up as a part of joint venture with State Govt. The other works include new survey for doubling of Bolaram-Mudkhed, 4th Line between Kazipet-Balharshah, new line for a length of 115 Kms between Mancheriyal- Gadchiroli etc., Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu added. Responding to the plea of public representatives and passenger associations, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu stated that stoppages will be provided for Bhubaneswar-Mumbai Konark Express and Hyderabad-Pune Express at Lingampalli.
Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), Govt. of India appreciated Railway Minster’s initiatives for development of Railways infrastructure in the Telangana region. He requested the Railway Minister to initiate proposals for extension of railway line from Bhadrachalam Road to Bhadrachalam temple city. He also requested for construction of Yatri Nivas Kendra for the convenience of passengers at Secunderabad, Kazipet and at another place of choice by State Govt.
A.P.Jithender Reddy, Member of Parliament, Mahbubnagar; Smt.K.Kavitha, Member of Parliament, Nizamabad; Ch.Malla Reddy, MP, Malkajgiri; D.Srinivas, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha); B.B.Patil, Member of Parliament, Zahirabad; Bonthu Rammohan, Mayor, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation; Smt. A. Lalitha, MLC; V.Sinivas Goud, MLA; B.Govardhan Reddy, MLA participated in the meeting at Hyderabad.