Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu attended a high level review meeting chaired by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at Vijayawada on Saturday to deliberate on the Railway projects to be taken up in Andhra Pradesh state and arrangements for the ensuing Krishna Pushkarams.
Railway Board Members Mohd Jamshed (Traffic), Hemant Kumar (Mechanical) and Mittal (Engineering), South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager Ravindra Gupta, Additional GM A. K. Gupta and Principal Heads of various departments participated in the meeting.
Deliberations were held on formation of Joint Ventures (JV) with AP Government to expedite railway development projects in the state. A decision was taken to review the railway projects in AP state along with Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh once in every two months.
Later, speaking to media along with Chandrababu Naidu, Suresh Prabhu announced that 21 Railway Stations in AP would be developed to Airport level standards. He also said that plans were afoot to connect railway stations with ports and rail connectivity to Amravati City survey works are under fast progress. He assured that a time bound action plan will be implemented for speedy completion of all the ongoing projects including 3rd line project between Vijayawada-Gudur, electrification of Vijayawada-Machilipatnam-Narsapur, doubling of Guntur-Guntakal etc.,
The Union Minister informed that Railways was planning to introduce a tourism special train to boost tourism opportunities in Andhra Pradesh. He also disclosed the plans to set up rail related workshop projects in A.P. He assured to run required number of trains to meet the demands during Krishna Pushkaram. He informed that works costing Rs. 23,000 Crore were in progress on Rail routes linked to AP.
Chandrababu Naidu desired that the facilities planned by Railways need to be on a higher scale and sufficiently enough to meet the requirements of the Andhra Pradesh state. He also suggested that all the important Railway stations in A.P shall be developed in a world class manner and expressed willingness of the Andhra Pradesh Government to partner with the Railways in this task.