SCR – The New Indian Express
HYDERABAD: It’s official now. Telangana will neither get a railway car factory in Kazipet nor a high speed train between Secunderabad and Mumbai in the near future. In an interaction with Telangana MPs, South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager Gajanan Mallya said on Tuesday that Indian Railways had no interest in investing in a coach factory, which was to initially to be installed in Kazipet.
Regarding the bullet train, he said the Rilways could only consider the proposal after watching the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project unfold. The general manager revealed the plans for the railways when Nalognda District MPs requested a high-speed train between Secunderabad and Vijayawada instead of one between Secunderabad and Mumbai. He said that the railroad car factory was also of no interest to the railways because it was not feasible. He also said that several projects remained incomplete due to the state government’s failure to provide its share of the funds.
Later, briefing the media, Nalgonda N Uttam MP Kumar Reddy said he had requested a high-speed train between the two Telugu states. During an in-depth discussion on the railway car factory, the Congress leader said that since most of the components are imported, it is best to manufacture them in India under the Atmanirbhar Bharat program. Bhongir MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy said Congress would press the demands in upcoming parliamentary sessions.
Meanwhile, TRS MP for Khammam Nama Nageswar Rao called on state deputies who transcend party lines to continue a common struggle for what is owed to the state. in pending projects because funds were not released on time. He alleged that the state government did not release funds for projects in Nizamabad district. He wonders how some MPs have openly requested funds from the Center for a textile park instead of a coach factory.
Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi called on the SCR to develop the Nampally station on a par with Ahmedabad. Besides extending the MMTS trains from Falaknuma to Umdanagar, he called on the railways to increase safety measures for women traveling between Falaknuma and Lingampally. “There are anti-social elements harassing women,” he said.
Other MPs present on the occasion included Dr G Ranjith Reddy (Chevella), Malothu Kavitha (Mahbubabad), Manne Srinivas Reddy (Mahbubnagar), K Prabhakar Reddy (Medak), P Ramulu (Nagarkurnool) and Umesh G Jadhav (Gulbarga) ).