VIJAYAWADA (Metro Rail News): Municipal minister Botcha Satyanarayana on Tuesday ruled out speculations on underground Metro rail line in Amaravati region.
Satyanarayana, who reviewed the Amaravati Metro rail project at the secretariat on Tuesday, said the underground railway line was not necessary for thinly populated areas like Amaravati capital region.
Addressing the media he said: “Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) presented the detailed project report designed by SYSTRA. They have prepared estimates for the 67-km-long corridor at Rs 24,467 crore and proposed to construct an underground line in the Amaravati region by spending Rs 490 crore. But the earth grid Metro line is sufficient there.
Earth grid line costs around Rs 160 crore. We have decided to go for a cost-effective project.” The minister went on to say that the government has released Rs 187.40 crore lease amount due to farmers in the capital city region. He asked the farmers not to worry about the capital city project. Satyanarayana claimed that the opposition was trying to create panic by provoking farmers.