Foundation stone was laid for construction of a new railway line between Medak and Akkannapet by minister for women and child welfare V Sunita Laxma Reddy at a function held in Medak on Sunday.
Minister for railways Mallikarjun Kharge, who was scheduled to lay the foundation, could not participate in the function as the helicopter arranged to ferry him from Gulbarga in Karnataka to Medak could not take off due to a technical snag at the last minute. Kharge, however, conveyed his wishes to people on the occasion of the commencement of work on the new railway line, a long-pending demand of people.
South Central Railway general manager PK Srivastava said that though Medak was an important town situated near the state capital, it had not been connected by rail so far.
The 17.2-km-long line, sanctioned in the 2012 railway budget, is being laid at an estimated cost of Rs 129.30 crore. The work is targeted to be completed in two years. The state government has agreed to share 50 percent of the cost and to provide land free of cost.