Staff Reporter

The 206-km line will connect Rayadurg, Kalyandurg and Madakasira

Anantapur: Minister for Agriculture N. Raghuveera Reddy and South Western Railway officials, along with Collector B. Janardhan Reddy, held a consultative meeting to discuss the execution of the new railway line sanctioned between Tumukuru and Rayadurg at a total cost of Rs.15,000 crore. The 206-km line will connect the three regions of Rayadurg, Kalyandurg and Madakasira.

Mr. Raghuveera Reddy said that the new railway line would be a boon to the people of the district. Joint Collector Anitha Ramachandran promised to hand over land required for the project by August 2010.

Already Rs.10.5 crore had been earmarked for payment of compensation to the land-owners.

Also Rs.970 crore had been released for execution of the project.

Chief Administration Officer, South Western Railway, Vijay Kumar, said that tenders would be called for the first phase of works in July 2010.

The project would be completed by 2016. The Railway line would also be useful for pilgrims travelling between Bellary and Bangalore and also for the Army Firing Range being established in Kambaduru region in the district.