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AP to take up Vijayawada Metro issue with Centre again

V Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on January 23, 2018 Published on August 27, 2015

Stunned by the Centre rejecting the proposal of Andhra Pradesh Government for developing the ₹6,823-crore metro rail network in Vijayawada and linking it with Amaravati, the State is planning to take up the issue with the Centre making out a fresh case on its feasibility and necessity.

The proposal sent for consideration by the Centre for its approval and funding support was rejected by the Union Urban Development Ministry on the ground that the metro project does not conform to the required norms and could be considered only when the population of a city is more than 20 lakh. In this case, the population, as of now, is about 13-14 lakh.

Population size

Sources in the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Ministry said that they will prepare a report and present the project as a necessity for the capital region rather than Vijayawada city.

The State is now making out a case that the population is close to 18-20 lakh if some of the adjoining areas are taken into account and the need for such a project given the State government’s plans to develop a world class capital city.

The Chandrababu Naidu government had appointed N Sreedharan, the Delhi metro man, to conduct a feasibility study and present a detailed project report for the elevated metro rail projects in Vijayawada and the port city of Visakhapatnam.

Speaking in Delhi, Naidu said that he would convince the Centre about the need for such as project.

Published on August 27, 2015
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