Nizamabad-Peddapalli Rail Line Turns A Reality After 23 Years

Hyderabad: The 23-year long wait of the people of Nizamabad and Karimnagar districts for a new railway line came to an end on Saturday when the Peddapalli-Nizamabad Railway Line was inaugurated by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at a colourful function held at Hi-Tech City Railway Station.

After the Union Railway Minister inaugurated  the 180-km long new rail line at the Hi-Tech City Railway Station with the help of a video link, the State Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy flagged off the train at Nizamabad railway station. The new railway line would become the nerve centre on the railway map connecting all key railway stations  besides it would also help reduce the train time between Maharashtra and New Delhi.

Except on Tuesdays and Thursdays the train between Nizamabad and Peddapalli, having in all 13 stations between them, would run all the other days in the week. During the two days the train does not run, it would be berthed at Nizamabad station.

Suresh Prabhu after inaugurating the new rail line and also various other infra development works including the railway doubling works between Secunderabad and Mahbubnagar observed that the new rail line  which has been pending for decades has at last been commissioned, thus fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Nizamabad and Karimnagar.

Reminding that railways are the assets of the country, he said that the railways could take up more projects for which the support and cooperation of the state government was very essential.

The Railway Minister further said that as many as 10 railway stations including Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Tirupati and Aurangabad are now digital-payment enabled (DigiPAY). He also said that a water treatment plant for three lakh litres of water has been installed at the Nampally Station.

Speaking on the occasion, Nizamabad MP Kalwakuntla Kavita pointed out that the newly inaugurated rail line was in fact thought of in 1932. Even during the undivided Andhra Pradesh, the project could not take off. But after Telangana was formed, the TRS Government relentlessly perused the matter to make it a reality.

Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya, TRS MP Jitender Reddy, advisor to the government D. Srinivas and many senior leaders and officials were present on the occasion.

It is pertinent to note here that the then Prime Minister P V. Narasimha Rao had laid the foundation for the new railway line in 1994 and it took nearly 23 years for its completion  with an estimated expenditure of Rs 400 crore. (NSS)

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