Hyderabad: Both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are hoping for the announcement of a new railway zone in the Railway Budget to be presented on Tuesday. Due to the huge demand for more connectivity between Hyderabad and Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Shirdi, Bengaluru as well as Jammu (via Delhi), introduction of more trains on these routes is needed.
Also, new railway lines, fund allocations for completion of pending projects, fund allocations for the Multi-Modal Transport System phase II and more line connectivity is on the wishlist.
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are hoping for a push from the Centre to the already sanctioned projects, which total roughly 1,200-km line connectivity in Telangana and nearly 1600-km line connectivity in Andhra Pradesh region.
Telangana has a total of 883 km of sanctioned new line projects (at a sanctioned cost of Rs 5,001 crores). Many of these projects have been pending for almost 10 years. Also pending are double lining, tripling and electrification projects at the cost of Rs 295 crore.
Similarly, Andhra Pradesh has pending new line projects totaling 1,297 km, sanctioned at the cost of Rs 8,860 crore and line doubling projects of nearly Rs 1,504 crore....