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Union Budget disappoints people of Adilabad, Nirmal

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Adilabad: Citizens of both Adilabad and Nirmal districts were disappointed with the Union Budget for not allocating funds to take up the proposed railway line between district headquarters of the two entities.

Adilabad Chamber of Commerce and Trade Association (ADCCTA) president Jagdish Agarwal said the budget had upset the people of the two districts by ignoring the funds for the long-awaited railway line. He, however, remarked that the Budget-2018 pleased various sectors, including farming and business.

The people of the backward Adilabad and Nirmal districts are forced to travel 435 km, passing neighbouring Maharashtra, to reach Hyderabad, using the existing railway line between Adilabad headquarters and the State capital. But, the distance between Adilabad and Hyderabad is barely 300 km by road. Therefore, they are seeking a new line from Adilabad to Armoor of Nizamabad via Nirmal town.

Forest and Environment Minister Jogu Ramanna, Adilabad MP G Nagesh and Endowments Minister A Indrakaran Reddy have been leaving no stone unturned to fulfil the long-pending dream by meeting Union Ministers. The duo led by Adilabad MP G Nagesh called on Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi in 2017, seeking his approval for the project.

Accordingly, the Union government gave its nod to allocate Rs 2,800 crore as part of its joint venture with State government. Already, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao accepted to bear 50 per cent of the total expenditure required for taking up the project when a delegation of Ministers — Jogu Ramanna and Indrakaran Reddy — met him in 2017.

But the railway line was not materialised with non-allocation of funds in the last year’s budget.

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