AP Capital, Amaravati, gets new railway line at Rs 2,680 cr

Amaravati: The new capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati, finally secured railway connectivity. The city would now be connected with Guntur and Vijayawada covering 106 km at an estimated cost of Rs 2,680 crore. The new track would pass through the core capital area of Thulluru between Guntur and Vijayawada. This would bring down the rush on both Guntur and Vijayawada junctions and would emerge as the major junction connecting the north with the southern parts of the country. So far Vijayawada has been the biggest railway junction connecting the north with the south.

The Union government had included this proposal in the budget that was presented to the Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely for 2017-18. The survey for the new line was cleared in the 2016-17 budget and the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited had already done with the survey and presented it to the Railway Board. It was basing on this survey, the Union government had sanctioned the new line and allocated funds. As the State government owns 33,000 acres of land in the capital villages land acquisition for the new line has become easy for the government. The acquisition is now required only between Thulluru and Guntur, which would also be completed early with the people readily accepting the new rail connection in their area.

The new track is likely to start from the Krishna Canal Junction on the banks of river Krishna and pass through Undavalli, Penumaka, Venkatapalem, Mandadam, Velagapudi, Rayapudi and Thulluru villages of the capital region. Thulluru would become the major junction in the years to come as it is set to have two more lines giving an alternative line for Chennai-New Delhi trains. The government had also cleared new line from Nambur (near Acharya Nagarjuna University) to Errapalem (Khammam) district passing through Amaravati (Thulluru) junction. The new line is given Rs 2,068.98 crore, while another line from Amaravati Junction to Pedakurapadu in Guntur district is given Rs 300.40 crore. Besides the passenger services, the goods services on New Delhi-Chennai route would also be diverted to this line keeping Amaravati junction as major terminal. The AP government had proposed to make it the country’s biggest terminal /junction. The new line would mean a new double lane bridge on river Krishna between Vadlamanu and Paritala.

Besides the new line for the capital, the Central government had also cleared several projects for the State including third line between Khazipet and Vijayawada (Rs 100 crore) and survey for the fourth line on this route. They Union government had also cleared the proposals for extension of the Vijayawada-Machlipatnam line up to Machilipatnam Port, double line with electrification on Vijayawada-Bhimavara-Nidadavolu, doubling between Guntakallu-Guntur and doubling between Vijayawada and Nidadavolu.

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