‘Work on Raichur-Gadwal line will also be inaugurated’

In what can be described as yet another gift to the people of Hyderabad Karnataka region, work on the long-pending new railway line between Raichur and Gadwal in Andhra Pradesh, covering a distance of 40 km, will be inaugurated and a new train between Raichur and Kacheguda Railway Station in Hyderabad flagged off in the second week of October.

Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge told The Hindu here on Saturday that the new train would be passing through Gadwal and reach Kacheguda. The details like frequency of the new train were being worked out. Although the Rs. 400-crore new railway line from Raichur to Gadwal had been laid long ago, its inauguration had been delayed owing to non-receipt of final certificate from the Commissioner of Railway Safety.

To a question, Mr. Kharge said that revenue mobilisation in the Railways had increased considerably in the past four months, compared to the same period of last year. However, the increase was not enough to tide over the financial crisis because the prices of diesel and electricity had gone up enormously.

“The first priority of the Railways now is to achieve the fiscal and physical targets set for the current year and ensure that there is no cut in the plan size,” Mr. Kharge said, and added that compared to last year, the Railways was better placed this year.

Crisis

Asked whether the resignation of six Union Ministers from Andhra Pradesh in protest against the decision on Telangana would destabilise the United Progressing Alliance government, Mr. Kharge replied in the negative.

He said the party was confident of overcoming the crisis and there was no threat to the government. To another question on the status of the proposal submitted by the State government for the implementation of Article 371 (J) of providing special status to Hyderabad Karnataka region, Mr. Kharge said that the proposal had been cleared by all the departments and the Home Department had sent it to the Cabinet for approval.

The Cabinet was likely to give formal approval in a week or two, and forward it to the President for final approval. Referring to the decision of the State government to release additional Rs. 250 crore for the cost-sharing projects this year, Mr. Kharge expressed happiness and thanked Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for the gesture. The Railways had released its share for these projects, Mr. Kharge said.


  • Revenue mobilisation in

    the Railways has

    increased in last

    four months: Kharge

  • ‘Priority is to achieve physical, fiscal targets set for the year’


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