Bi-weekly Visakhapatnam-Mumbai super fast express to pass through Secunderabad

HYDERABAD: A bi-weekly super fast express between Visakhapatnam and Mumbai to pass through Secunderabad is being introduced in the South Central Railway. It is among the five new trains proposed in the budget tabled in the Lok Sabha by Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday.

The other trains, all weekly super fast, are: Sriganganagar-New Delhi-Nanded Express, Bilaspur-Hyderabad-Thiruvananthapuram Express, Nizamuddin-Bangalore via Kachiguda Rajdhani Express and Howrah-Bangalore Express.

The budget proposed extension of the Hyderabad-Osmanabad Express to Pune and the Mysore-Tirupati Express to Chamarajnagar and increased frequency of the Secunderabad-Patna Express (from two days a week to daily) and the Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Garib Rath Express (from four days a week to daily).

A press release issued by SCR said the budget proposed three railway lines to be taken up with the Planning Commission for approval -- Medak-Akkannapet, Vishnupuram-Vinukonda and Nanded-Bidar (new), Secunderabad-Mahabubnagar and Bibinagar-Nallapadu (doubling) and Guntakal-Gooty-Bangalore (electrification).

The SCR has been allocated a budget of Rs.3,092.9 crore of which Rs.185 crore is for new railways lines, Rs.131 crore for gauge conversion, Rs.25 crore for doubling of railway lines, Rs.118.53 crore for passenger amenities, Rs.500 crore for track renewal works, Rs.120.96 crore for traffic facilities like yard remodelling, Rs.75 crore for signalling and telecommunication works, Rs.61.24 crore for road over/under bridges, Rs.47.63 crore for workshops, Rs.35 crore for railway level-crossings and Rs.18 crore for computerisation.

The other highlights of the budget include development of the Secunderabad and Tirupati as world class stations with international level facilities and Chittoor, Nalgonda, Bidar, Parli Vaijanath are to be developed as ‘adarsh’ stations.

Multi-functional

The Hyderabad and Nanded stations are to developed as multi-functional complexes. They will have shopping food stalls/restaurants, book stalls, STD/PCO booths, medicine and variety stores, budget hotels and underground parking. They will be serving pilgrimage, industrial and tourist centres. An ambulance facility will be stationed at Hyderabad station.

Secunderabad and Tirupati stations will have an integrated security team.

A medical college will be attached to the railway hospital and a nursing college to be started at Secunderabad on railway land.

Burns unit

An exclusive burns unit will be attached to the Secunderabad headquartered railway hospital.

An anti-collision device will be extended over 1,700 route km, including in SCR, in two years.