B'luru-Amaravati high-speed rail line announced

B'luru-Amaravati high-speed rail line announced

B'luru-Amaravati  high-speed rail line announced

A day after he was elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday announced a number of major railway projects for the state, including a high-speed rail line between new capital Amaravati and Bengaluru.

He, however, remained non-committal on the establishment of a new railway zone with headquarters at Visakhapatnam, alleging that the erstwhile UPA government did not “specify” it in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

“It is incumbent upon us do as much as possible in this regard,” Prabhu said after a three-hour-long meeting with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu wherein railway projects related to the state were reviewed.

The Railway minister announced that two high-speed rail lines would be built between Visakhapatnam and Chennai and Bengaluru and Amaravati in collaboration with foreign countries.

The foreign collaborator would be decided after talks with different countries, he said. “I held talks with French officials on Friday but that was only a preliminary meeting. We will talk with other countries as well and choose a partner,” Prabhu added.

He said a Special Purpose VehicleJoint Venture Company would be formed by the Railways with AP government in a couple of months for taking up major rail projects in the state.

“Through the proposed SPV, 21 railway stations in AP will be redeveloped as (on the lines of) airports. The South Central Railway General Manager will coordinate with the state government in this regard and review the works every month,” the minister added. The Railway minister also announced an aggregate capital investment of Rs 1,000 crore for setting up two new railway workshops at Kurnool and Tirupati and a wagon overhaul facility at Visakhapatnam.

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