The capital cities of newly formed Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states - Amarvati (Vijayawada) and Hyderabad would be linked with an 'express highway' and a 'bullet train' soon. To create a growth corridor between the two states, Telangana government has forwarded a proposal to Centre for upgrading National Highway-65 (formerly NH-9) connecting the two capital cities with an express highway and a high speed bullet train parallel to the highway.
The proposal says the highway connecting Hyderabad and Vijayawada on the stretch of 270 km would be upgraded to eight lane road on a par with the Mumbai and Pune Expressway, the first express highway laid by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in the country. At present, nearly 15 expressway projects including Bengaluru- Chennai and Shimla – Chandigarh are under progress. Another plan to link the two cities with a bullet train was also submitted to the Union ministry of railways. The high speed train would run along the express highway.
TRS MP B Narasaiah Goud, who has been asked to pursue the issue with the Union government, told The News Agencies on Monday that the proposal was under active consideration by GoI. Railways and Union ministry of road transport has agreed in principle to the two proposals, he said and informed that land acquisition was completed during the upgradation of NH-65 (as a four-lane in 2010) for the expansion of the highway into an eight-lane expressway.
The main objective behind forwarding the two proposals is to increase road and rail connectivity between the two capital cities and create a growth corridor like the one coming up between Chennai and Bengaluru. The corridor between the two states would help in establishment of more industrial zones and invite huge investments from the private sector, which would bolster the economies of both the states. The high speed road and rail connectivity would significantly increase tourism potential in the two states, he said.