3 new trains for AP

Written by Economy Bureau | Hyderabad, Feb 26 | Updated: Feb 27 2008, 06:30am hrs
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy has termed the railway budget 2008-09 as better than last year in terms of allocation of funds to the state. He welcomed the proposal to complete some of the ongoing projects in the budget year 2008-09.

The budget has proposed to complete some of the ongoing projects in the state such as: Nandyal-Yerraguntla, Jaggayyapet -Vishnupuram. Reddy thanked railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav for including Secunderabad station to remodel on par with the worldclass stations under PPP model.

The budget has earmarked Rs 87 crore to conversion of Dharmavaram - Pakala section, which is targeted to be completed during the budgeted year. He also provided Rs 71 crore towards doubling of Gutty - Renigunta section, to be completed in the budgeted year.

The state will get three new trains: Garib Rath will be introduced thrice a week between Secunderabad and Visakhapatnam, thrice a week express train will be run between Machilipatnam and Bangalore and twice a week express train between Hyderabad and Osmanabad.

This apart, the Krishna express train presently been run between Tirupati and Nizamabad now be extended to Adilabad, the backward Telangana district. The budget has suggested survey for doubling between Kothavalasa - Kirandole line and proposed to undertake third line in Vizianagaram - Kothavalasa section, the backward district in coastal Andhra.