HYDERABAD: Feasibility studies on a bullet train on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada-Chennai, two superfast trains and increase in frequency of two more trains are what the Interim Railway Budget 2009-10 had for the South Central Railway (SCR).
At a press conference here on Friday, SCR General Manager H.K. Padhee said, apart from studying the structure of the existing track, soil strength along the track and the curves are to be carefully considered, keeping in mind that the speed of a bullet train is 350 km per hour.
Mr. Padhee said that of the 43 new trains to be introduced in 2009-10, SCR would get two. They are Secunderabad-Manuguru superfast daily express and Machilipatnam-Mumbai superfast bi-weekly express. The Hazrat Nizamuddin-Bangalore Rajdhani Express will pass through Kachiguda.
Also, the frequency of two trains in the SCR has been increased. They are no. 7091/92 Secunderabad-Patna Express from bi-weekly to daily and no. 2739/40 Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Garib Rath Express from four days a week to daily.
YSR hails budget
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy welcomed the Railway budget. In particular, he expressed happiness that a study has been ordered on introduction of high speed (bullet) trains . The Chief Minister said in the interim budget much more could be expected. He hoped that the full budget would reflect the needs of Andhra Pradesh.