8 Nov : Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has requested Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav to allocate at least Rs 1000 crore in the next railway budget to take up 10 major railway projects in the state.
The AP Chief Minister also wanted sanctioning of five new railway lines, the multi-modal transport system phase-2 in Hyderabad, doubling and electrification of three railway lines, setting up of a coach rehabilitation workshop and a POH facility in the state.
Besides, Rajasekhara Reddy sought seven new express trains, three electrical and diesel multiple units (push-pull trains) and extension of three existing trains.
In a letter to Lalu today, Rajasekhara Reddy pointed out that many railway projects that were sanctioned more than a decade did not move an inch forward due to non-allocation of funds.
This has also resulted in steep escalation of the project costs.
The 126-km Nandyal-Yerraguntla railway line, which was sanctioned at a cost of Rs 164.39 crore in 1996-97, made no progress as the project cost shot up to Rs 432.09 crore after it was revised three times, the Chief Minister pointed out.
"At least Rs 150 crore is immediately required to complete this work," he added.
Similarly, work on the Kotipalli-Narsapur line, though sanctioned in 2000-01, did not commence so far due to non-allocation of funds.
The State government has agreed to bear 25 per cent of the total project cost of Rs 695 crore and wanted the Centre to sanction Rs 150 crore in the current year.