Social Welfare Minister R. Kishore Babu on Wednesday said the State government readied plans, including new railway lines, to be presented to the Centre to enable the State to emerge as a logistics hub.

At a press conference here, Mr. Babu said while the State had four ports and 13 more are to be developed, these should be connected to the hinterland through railway lines including dedicated freight corridors.

He said these proposals would be taken up with Centre during Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s two-day visit to Delhi tomorrow. Mr. Naidu would press for inclusion of these proposals in the coming Railway Budget and some of which will pave way for development of Rayalaseema.

Mr. Kishore Babu, who was entrusted with finalising proposals for railway lines and who will accompany Mr. Naidu to Delhi, said railway projects worth Rs.12,000 crore have been finalised for the State.

The list of railway projects for which budgetary allocation will be sought from Centre include new lines between Nandyal-Yerranguntla, Nadikudi-Srikalahasthi line, Kotipalli-Narsapur, Kadapa-Bangarupeta, Kakinada-Pithapuram, doubling line between Guntur-Guntakal and Gooty-Dharmavaram.