Prabhu announces several railway projects for Andhra Pradesh


An afternoon after he turned into elected unopposed to Rajya Sabhafrom Andhra Pradesh, Railway minister Suresh Prabhu nowadays announced a number of foremost railway tasks for the nation, inclusive of a high-speed rail line between new capital Amaravati and Bengaluru.

He, but, remained non-committal on the established order of a brand new railway area with headquarters at Visakhapatnam, alleging that the erstwhile UPAgovernment did no longer “specify” it in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

“It’s far incumbent upon us do as an awful lot as possible on this regard,” Prabhu stated after a three-hour-long meeting with chief Minister N Chandrababu Naiduwherein railway initiatives related to the kingdom have been reviewed.

The Railway Minister announced that two excessive-pace rail lines might be constructed among Visakhapatnam and Chennai and Bengaluru and Amaravati in collaboration with foreign countries.

The foreign collaborator could be determined after talks with unique countries, he said.

“I held talks with French officers yesterday however that was simplest a preliminary meeting. we will communicate with different international locations as nicely and pick out a partner,” Prabhu introduced.

He stated a unique cause VehicleJoint mission organisation could be formed by way of the Railways with AP authorities in a couple of months for taking up fundamental rail projects inside the state.

“Via the proposed SPV, 21 railway stations in AP could be redeveloped as (on the strains of) airports. The South critical Railway preferred manager will coordinate with the nation authorities on this regard and evaluation the works each month,” the Minister introduced.

The Railway Minister additionally announced an combination capital funding of Rs 1,000 crore for putting in new railway workshops at Kurnool and Tirupati and a wagon overhaul facility at Visakhapatnam.

Those facilities could create hundreds of jobs, he said.

Prabhu additionally introduced that a prime Rail Neer plant could also be installation in Andhra Pradesh.
two unique visitor trains would also be introduced within the

Country, certainly one of which might be run through the IRCTC.

“The second vacationer teach can be modelled at the Palace on Wheels and the Deccan Odyssey. we will work with the state government in this,” Prabhu added.

Noting that he has now grow to be “a citizen of Andhra Pradesh”, following his election to Rajya Sabha from the state the previous day, Prabhu said he worshiped Lord balaji atop Tirumala Hills nowadays.

“AP has Lord balaji, the most important asset. i mentioned with the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams authorities this morning approximately growing a international-magnificence railway terminal in Tirupati beneath Public non-public Partnership. i am informing the leader Minister about this now,” the Railway Minister said.

“Andhra Pradesh will now not be missing in phrases of now not having railway help. The nation is going through transitional difficulties due to the kingdom bifurcation. Railways will do the entirety to assist AP,” Prabhu promised.

Replying to questions about the promised new railway zone at Visakhapatnam, Prabhu mentioned that the Reorganisation Act handiest stated “the government will discover the possibility”.

“The UPA authorities had now not absolutely cited inside the Act about putting in the railway quarter. It simplest cited approximately exploring the possibility. it is now incumbent upon us to do as much as we will,” he brought.

But thinking about Visakhapatnam’s significance and its ability for growth, the Railways might give you many projects there, Prabhu stated.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu stated the Railway Minister promised to soak up the railway region trouble with the high Minister.

He also asked the Union Minister to create a loop for the proposed Mumbai-Kharagpur Freight hall to connect Visakhapatnam.

“This may ensure east-west port connectivity. we’ve got also asked him to prepare a comprehensive integrated logistics plan,” Chandrababu delivered.

Union Minister of state for technological know-how and technology Y Satyanarayana Chowdary, kingdom fitness minister Kamineni Srinivas, MPs and pinnacle railway officers have been gift.