Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has indicated a strong possibility of Andhra Pradesh to soon have two high speed rail lines in collaboration with foreign countries. He said that plans are on to build two high speed rail lines, one between Visakhapatnam and Chennai and the other, between Bengaluru and Amaravati.
The minister spoke to the media officials and stated that talks are currently on with several countries. “I held talks with French officials but that was only a preliminary meeting. We will talk with others countries as well and choose a partner”, he said.
Prabhu has also briefed the CM, Sri N Chandrababu Naidu with plans at a high level meeting and said that a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) aka Joint Venture (JV) company will also be formed by the Indian Railways in association with AP State Govt. This company will be responsible for taking up major railway projects in the state.
The plan is to redevelop 21 railway stations into ‘airports’. The minister also confirmed that a capital investment of Rs 1000 Cr will be used to set up two new railway workshops in the state, along with a wagon overhaul facility at Vizag. The workshops will be set up at Tirupati and Kurnool, respectively. Plans are also on to set up a Rail Neer Plant within the state.