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‘World class' facility for Tirupati west

Staff Reporter

Railway station to be developed at an estimated outlay of Rs. 1,500 crore


The project requires 75 to 150 acres of land

Five-storeyed building proposed in 22 acres


Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

Reality check: Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa interacting with a passenger at the ticket issue counter in Tirupati railway station on Saturday. —

TIRUPATI: The Railway Board is all set to select the Tirupati west station to be developed as a world class railway destination for the temple city. With this, the protracted dilemma is likely to end, thus wiping out the question mark dangling over the other locational options.

Tirupati is the only city after Secunderabad in South Central Railways to be handpicked for the prestigious project to be developed in public private partnership (PPP) mode at an estimated outlay of to Rs.1,500 crore. The project requires 75 to 150 acres of land, in which a massive five-storeyed building is proposed in 22 acres.

While the local traders pitched for developing the existing station, the authorities found land acquisition a costly affair. The Tiruchanur option did not work out as it required earth-filling of a water body. Kobaka, Perur and Ramireddypalle, in spite of having direct approach from the track, were dismissed due to their distance from the city, while Surappakasam was ruled out because of its proximity to Southern Railway border, between Renigunta and Pudi stations. Similarly, the TTD's site in Alipiri was rejected as it has a gradient less than 1 in 50.

Infrastructure

During his visit to Tirupati on Saturday, Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa, announced that ‘Tirupati west' would be most likely plumped for, though no final decision had been taken yet. The building would have service buildings and tracks (main floor), parking area and waiting rooms (first floor), cafeteria and hotels (second floor), commercial area (third floor), retiring rooms, theatres (fourth floor) and retiring rooms and rest rooms (fifth floor), all well connected with approach ramps and fitted with escalators to reach all floors. “On the infrastructure side, the station will have nine passenger platforms for a length of 620 m each, exclusive through double line for freight traffic, three pit lines and two stabling lines for coach examination,” he added. The Minister said that the Railways expected the State government and the TTD to extend their landholdings ‘free of cost'.

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