`Dreams shattered': Indian railways say no to Kazipet coach factory, bullet train

South Central Railway on Tuesday ruled out setting up a railway coach factory at Kazipet and running a bullet train between Secunderabad and Mumbai in the near future.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  6 Oct 2021 4:18 AM GMT
`Dreams shattered: Indian railways say no to Kazipet coach factory, bullet train

Hyderabad: South Central Railway on Tuesday ruled out setting up a railway coach factory at Kazipet and running a bullet train between Secunderabad and Mumbai in the near future.

During an interaction with the MPs from Telangana, South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager Gajanan Mallya said the Indian Railways has no interest in investing in a coach factory, which was originally proposed to be set up at Kazipet.

He said the railway coach factory is not feasible. He also said that several projects remained incomplete because of the state government's failure to provide funds.

About the bullet train, SCR said that the Railways may consider the proposal only after observing how the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project will pan out.

The general manager was replying to the queries of senior Congress leader and Nalgonda MP N. Uttam Kumar Reddy. He had sought a bullet train between Secunderabad and Vijayawada instead of Secunderabad and Mumbai.

Uttam Kumar Reddy on Tuesday demanded a bullet train from Secunderabad to Vijayawada via Nakrekal, Suryapet, and Kodad.

A bullet train from Hyderabad to Vijayawada would not only reduce travel time to 1.5 hours but would boost the economies of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

"The Hyderabad­Vijayawada bullet train would be more viable than the Mumbai­Ahmedabad," he said.

Reddy also wanted passenger trains to be plied on the Jaggaiahpet ­ Mellacheruvu – Mattampalli – Miryalaguda rail line. He also sought a new railway line between Dornakal and Miryalaguda and improving Nalgonda and Miryalaguda railway stations.

TRS MP Ranjith Reddy complained that many "local" issues raised are not being solved despite many representations. "Funds unavailability for ROBs/RUBs cannot be the answer. A solution has to be found as the people hold us responsible," he said.

Meanwhile, Gajanan Mallya said that 85 percent of the mail or express trains have been restored. He said 55 MMTS trains and 85 passenger trains have also been restored. He said more services will be restored in a phased manner.


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