HYDERABAD: An amount of Rs 2,768 crore has been sanctioned in the railway budget for the year 2015-16 towards infrastructure development in South Central Railway (SCR), amounting for 24 per cent more than last year, official sources said here today.
The total outlay earmarked for new lines, doubling bridges, road over bridges, traffic facilities and other specified works is Rs 984.33 crore, which is 60 per cent higher as compared to Rs 616 crore during the previous financial year, SCR General Manager P K Srivastava told reporters.
For new lines, the budgetary grant for 2015-16 is Rs 511.6 crore, 23 per cent more than previous year, he said.
"For doubling works, the budgetary grant for 2015-16 is Rs 233 crore, 331.56 per cent more than previous year. For bridges, the budgetary grant for 2015-16 is Rs 26.9 crore, which is 61 per cent more than previous year," Srivastava said.
For road over bridges, the budgetary grant is Rs 101.67 crore and for traffic facilities, the grant is Rs 40.68 crore for the current financial year, he said.
In terms of budgetary allocations for important ongoing new line projects, Rs 141 crore was allotted for the Peddapalli-Karimnagar-Nizamabad project and Rs 100 crores for Mellacheruvu-Vishnupuram project, while Rs 130 crore was allotted for Nandyal-Yerraguntla project which would help complete these three projects, the GM said.
He said that Rs 20 crore was allotted for the Manoharabad-Kothapalli project and Rs 110 crores for the Nadikudi-Srikalahasti project, while Rs 35 crores was allotted for Gulbarga-Bidar project (in Karnataka), adding that Rs 150 crore has been allotted for the Vijayawada-Bhimavaram-Nidadavolu line doubling and electrification works.
The new projects sanctioned for SCR in the Railway Budget 2015 include four doubling, three tripling and one new railway line project to a length of 1,197 km.
The total anticipated cost for the projects is Rs 11,703 crore and the budgetary allocation is Rs 267.59 crore, Srivastava said.