Rosaiah flags off Duronto Express to Delhi

Union Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa has asked the State governments to come forward in adopting the cost-sharing method for ensuring timely completion of long pending railway projects in their respective areas.

“A movement has started with the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka Governments agreeing to share costs on 50:50 basis for their projects. Other States should follow the model,” he said.

Acceptance of cost-sharing model had resulted in significant increase in the number of projects announced to Andhra Pradesh. Enthused by the results, the Railway Ministry was exploring new projects that could be taken up on a cost-sharing basis in the State.

Inaugural run

He was speaking at a meeting to mark the inaugural run of the Secunderabad-Hazrat Nizamuddin Duronto superfast Express here on Sunday. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah flagged off the bi-weekly train, equipped with latest facilities, including an aluminium-steel frame and fire safety measures.

The new superfast train will be cheaper and faster than Rajdhani. It will leave Secunderabad at 1.30 pm on Sundays and Thursdays and will depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin on Mondays and Fridays in the return direction.

Mr. Muniyappa said of the 36 projects pending in the State, 19 were targeted for completion by the end of 2011. The Centre sanctioned works estimated at Rs. 1,248 crore for the State during the next financial year, while the State government had agreed to contribute Rs. 621 crore, taking the total to Rs. 1,869 crore.

In all, the State had agreed to share Rs. 2,500 crore in five years and the railways would contribute an equal amount. The government should ensure speedy completion of land acquisition and other works so that the projects could be completed on time.

Mr. Muniyappa said the SCR would take up works pertaining to MMTS stage II after discussions with the officials concerned of the State government and the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister complimented the Centre for sanctioning several projects for the State which hitherto did not receive adequate attention.