Hyderabad, Jan 6 (INN): A new railway line between Mahabubnagar ' Munirabad was sanctioned in the year 1997-98 for a distance of 247 kms at an estimated cost of Rs.1,723 crores.
Out of the 66 kms from Devarakadra to Krishna falls under South Central Railway Jurisdiction which covers rural belt of Telangana region and remaining portion belongs to South Western Railway serving the Karnataka area. A crucial stretch of the project between Devarakadra ' Krishna for a length of 66 kms at an estimated cost of Rs. 372.09 crores is on the path of fast progress.
Devarakadra - Jaklair (29 kms) new railway line was completed and the line was dedicated to the nation by Minister of Railways on 25th March, 2017 by flagging of passenger train service between Devarakadra and Jaklair. An amount of Rs 499 crore has been spent from the period of 2014-15 financial year till November, 2018. The budget allocation for 2018-19 is 175 crore. The balance work between Jaklair ' Krishna is under progress. Out of 866 acres of land required for the construction, 734 acres of land has been acquired by the state government and handed over to railways. Balance 132 acres in Mahabubnagar district is in the process of handing over to Railways.
The project is included in the Prime Minister Monitoring Group(PMG) and a constant review on the progress is being held on a periodical basis. The remaining portion of the project between Jaklair ' Krishna is going on rapid pace and targeted to be completed by 2019-20.
Benefits of the Project:
On the completion, Mahabubnagar - Munirabad New Railway line will serve the socio economic progress backward areas of Mahabubnagar district and Raichur district of Karnataka state. The large number of rural population located in Mahabubnagar district (88.87%) and Raichur district (79.21%) will get rail transport facilities. Further, this line will improve the connectivity to the unconnected and remote areas of Mahabubnagar district and Raichur district.
The Mahbubnagar ' Munirabad new line will significantly reduce the distance between Hyderabad to Hubbali and Goa, to the extent of 102 kms as compared to the present route.