UPA-II firm on developing Tirupati railway station

Tirupati: Union Railway Minster for State Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy reiterated that his ministry is committed to upgrade the existing Tirupati railway station to international standards in a phased manner. For the first phase, the Central government has sanctioned Rs 60 crore for extension of the railway station by four additional platforms and all the scheduled works would be taken up in a phase manner.

He made a surprise inspection at Tirupati railway station on Wednesday and reviewed the progress of the ongoing works with the officials. Speaking to media persons, he said already the works for installing escalators and elevators is in progress and would be completed soon. Whatever the promises made earlier in review meetings and in railway budget, all would be fulfilled and certainly Tirupati station will attain international standards soon, he added. It is true that there are some problems for these works like acquisition of land and others, but those would be sorted out one after another, he assured.

The Srikalahasti-Nadikudi project will also be commenced with fund sharing with State government, he replied. Not only the Tirupati and few other stations, but all the stations mentioned in railway budget will also get facilities and additional development as per the promises, he stressed.

After having the darshan of Lord Venkateswara Swamy at Tirumala along with his family, he left for Kurnool in a special train from Tirupati on Wednesday afternoon.