This year’s rail budget had many things lined for the new state of Andhra Pradesh. The budget that was revealed by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is truly passenger centric. The railway department has managed come up with the budget without any hike in fare and strict focus on the completion of the ongoing projects.
The main theme of the budget this year is to overcome several of the existing challenges and reorganize, restructure and rejuvenate Indian Railways. The end goal is to the envision the target for 2020, by which year all the long due expectations of a common man are to be fulfilled. The list includes reserved accomodation of trains available on demand, freight trains with proper time table, implementation of high end technology for safety measures, elimination of unmanned level crossings, enhanced punctuality with arrivals, higher speed for freight trains etc.
Salient features for Andhra Pradesh in the budget are as follows:
- New lines between Kakinada-Pithapuram 50 crores, Kotipalli-Narsapur 200 crores, Obulavaripalli-Krishnapatnam 100 crores, Jaggayyapet- Mallacheruvu 100 crores, Nadikudi- Srikalahasti 90 crores and Kadapa-Bangalore 58 crores budget has been provided
- Further for gauge conversion and doubling Guntakal-Kallur 87 crores, Guntur-Tenali 69 crores, Machilipatnam-Nidadavolu 80 crores, Kallur-Guntakal 50 crores, Gooty-Dharmavaram 80 crores, Krishnapatnam-Venkatachalam 50 crores has been provided.
- Further under Freight Corridor third line between Duvvada/Vizag to Vijayawada 100 crores and Vijaywada to Gudur 50 crores has been provided.
- Around Rs. 40 crores is planned for remodelling of Vijayawada, Gudur, Machilipatnam, Guntakal, Tirupathi and Dharmavaram railway stations.
Over all, an amount of Rs. 1250 crore is budgeted during the current year as against Rs. 900 crores last year. This excludes traffic works, LC gate works and regular maintenance works.