Malkajgiri, Moulali in the race; proposals to be submitted soon
Malkajgiri railway station will be transformed into a passenger terminal at an estimated cost of Rs. 1 croreThe station will help reduce traffic at Secunderabad, says Hyderabad DRM
HYDERABAD: People in Hyderabad can dream of a fourth railway terminal in addition to the existing ones at Secunderabad, Kacheguda and Nampally.
Both the Secunderabad and Hyderabad railway divisions are likely to submit the proposals this week to the South Central Railway headquarters and a decision is expected in February next along with the Railway Budget.
While the Secunderabad division has proposed the Moulali railway station, the Hyderabad division is projecting the Malkajgiri station for consideration.
Even if the Railway Board does not consider the proposal of the Hyderabad division's bid for Malkajgiri as the fourth terminal, passengers of the division stand to benefit since the existing station at Malkajgiri will soon be transformed into a passenger terminal at an estimated cost of Rs.1 crore.
"Besides proposing the Malkajgiri station for the fourth terminal, we are determined to transform the station into a passenger terminal, which now has only one pit line for goods trains. With the Seetaphalmandi Cord line, the station will be handy to reduce the traffic at Secunderabad," says Hyderabad Divisional Manager Vandana Singhal.
On the advantages of the Malkajgiri station over the Moulali station, she said the former was nearer to Secunderabad station and was well connected. Once the station transforms into a terminus, trains bound to Delhi from Bangalore and Mumbai could pass through the station without touching Secunderabad.
On the other hand, Secunderabad division had already appointed RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services), a public sector unit, as consultants for surveying the conditions at Moulali station. Availability of vast Railway land and workshops near Moulali station make it accessible in terms of operational measures. "Secunderabad division has registered a growth in passenger traffic by 10 per cent and most trains ply from the Kazipet side," says Secunderabad Divisional Manager Sudhir Mital.