NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Union Minister for Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw, disclosed that Visakhapatnam has been allocated nearly ₹800 crore for various railway infrastructure projects this year, in response to a query from BJP’s Rajya Sabha member G.V.L. Narasimha Rao.
The newly-sanctioned projects include:
1. Railway line project of 3rd and 4th lines between Visakhapatnam and Gopalapatnam (15.3 km) at a cost of ₹159.47 crore.
2. New railway line project of 3rd and 4th lines between Duvvada and Simhachalam North (20.543 km) sanctioned at a cost of ₹302.20 crore.
3. New railway line project of 3rd and 4th lines between Vadlapudi and Gate Junction cabin including Tie line between Gangavaram Port-Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (12.04 km) sanctioned at a cost of ₹154.28 crore.
4. Flyover between Pendurthi and Simhachalam North at Simhachalam (7.135 km) was also sanctioned at a cost of ₹183.65 crore.
The Minister highlighted that these projects were sanctioned to address capacity constraints, reduce train detention, and cater to future traffic growth in Visakhapatnam. Land acquisition works for these projects have already been initiated.
Shri G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, who was recently nominated from Parliament as a Member of the Railway Users’ Consultative Committee of East Coast Railway, expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Railway Minister for the substantial financial allocations for railway projects in Visakhapatnam. He hopes that these projects will significantly improve the growth of railways in the Visakhapatnam region and enhance passenger convenience.