Chief Minister to lay foundation stone in the first week of September
Anantapur MP Ananta Venkatrami Reddy on Saturday said that the South Western (SW) Railway would soon take up works on the proposed Rayadurg – Tumkur railway line, which had been pending for long.
Speaking to reporters, the MP who arrived here after attending a meeting of the SW Railway Board convened by Minister of State for Railways K. M. Muniyappa today in Bangalore, said when the pending railway line project was brought to the notice of the Minister, although having been sanctioned in the budget, he directed the officials to immediately take up the work.
Mr. Reddy said that the tenders for the work would be called for before August 5 following which the work would be awarded.
The railway line between Rayadurg-Tumkur, spanning a total length of 210 km, has been given a total plan outlay of around Rs. 1,072 crore, out of which the agreement between the Railway Board and the State governments of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh is that each of them will bear half of the 50 per cent of the total cost of the project.
This means that both Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka governments will allot around Rs. 225 crore each for the construction of the railway line.
While 105 km of the line starting from Rayadurg falls within the borders of Andhra Pradesh, the rest is in Karnataka.
‘Work has started'
“The work on our side has already started after the railway ministry allotted Rs. 22 crore for the same. This amount has been used to acquire land for the project in the Anantapur district,” he said.
He also said that a total of 353 acres had been acquired for the project in the district from Rayadurg upto Kalyandurg, which would be enough for laying 30 km of the line.
He also added that Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had instructed the concerned departments to release funds for the completion of the track.