BJP leader and former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has represented to the Union Minister for Railways Dinesh Trivedi to sanction long pending proposals of the State under South Central Railways and allot Rs.3,500 crore for completion of projects in the 2012-13 Railway Budget.

In a letter to the Union Minister, he said many proposals had not moved forward for want of clearance from the Railway Board, including the popular demand for the merger of Visakhapatnam division into South Central Railway. He also sought Mr. Trivedi's intervention to ensure that the State government, which recently committed in a meeting with the Railway Minister to allot 50 per cent of funds to the projects, released the funds at the earliest. Besides new trains from Secunderabad to Ajmer, Secunderabad to Howrah (Duronto Express), Chennai, Bangalore, Rajkot and Kachiguda to Mangalore and Kacheguda to Madurai, and extension of important trains, the wagon manufacturing unit proposed to be set up at Kazipet long ago should be included in the 2012-13 railway budget, he said.

He also wanted the local people to be given an opportunity in about 3,000 vacancies to be filled in SCR, particularly in grade D posts.

Laying emphasis on the MMTS Phase II, he said though the project was sanctioned by the Railway Board, no budgetary allocation had been made in the last four to five years resulting in cost escalation from Rs.600 crore to Rs.1,000 crore. If completed, the project would have come as great relief for commuters travelling to and from the city to suburban areas.