Telangana owes Rs 750 cr dues toward joint railway projects
Telangana owes Rs 750 cr dues toward joint railway projects

Hyderabad: In a statement, state BJP chief and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar said that the Railways has taken up four railway projects in the state, Manoharabad-Kotapalli, Akkanapet-Medak and Hyderabad-Secunderabad Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS-Phase-II). An amount of Rs 703 crore is outstanding for Telangana's share in these projects. In turn, the progress of these projects is getting delayed due to failure of the state government to release its share of funds. The details of arrears of the state's share in railway projects have come to light after Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav wrote a written reply to questions raised by the Karimnagar MP.

The centre has sanctioned Rs 10,206 crore during the period from 2014 to 2021, basic amenities, railway safety measures. During the current financial year of 2021-22, the Centre has sanctioned Rs 2,420 crore. IN all there are 2,495 km new railway lines worth Rs 30,351 crore progressing at different stages in Telangana. Of these, Rs 17,013 crore worth of nine new projects 1,071 Kms were included in the projects. Already, 155 km of new lines have comes into operation. Also, seven doubling projects of 1,424 km projects worth Rs 14,268 crore are underway. Of these, about 63 km have already come into operation.

During PM Modi's government at the Centre 177 km out of 321 km new lines, and 144 km of doubling projects were proposed. He opined that the railways in the State might have witnessed more development had the TRS government extended its cooperation by timely payments of its share in the joint railway projects. It is high time that the TRS government take immediate steps to ensure that its dues are paid to ensure the development and progress of railway projects pick up momentum.


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