The Kotipalli – Narasapur Railway line project is a long cherished dream of the people of Andhra Pradesh. The new Railway line project works are progressing with fast pace as part of the targets fixed by the Ministry of Railways. Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways and Coal is monitoring the progress of the project regularly as part of the mission envisioned towards strengthening the infrastructure for enhanced rail net work. The project is also being monitored during “PRAGATI” meetings, a platform launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
The project was sanctioned in the year 2000-01 for a distance of 57 kms. The proposed alignment traverses through the important towns and villages of the very fertile Konaseema region. The new Railway line connects Magam, Amalapuram, Peruru, Pasarlapudi, Jaggannapeta and Razole towns. The detailed project report was sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs.2,120 crores. The expenditure incurred on this project from 2014-19 to till now isRs. 323 crores. The expenditure incurred on this project during the financial year 2014-15 is Rs. 1.33crore, 2015-16 is Rs. 3.39crore, 2016-17 is Rs. 184.64crore, 2017-18 is Rs. 60.51crore and during 2018-19 till the month of December is Rs. 73.39crore.
Benefits of the Project:
The Kotipalli – Narasapr project covers Konaseema region of Andhra Pradesh. As an alternative route connecting Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, a branch line from Vijayawada – Bhimavaram – Nidadavole exists at present joining the main line from Chennai to Kolkata at Nidadavole.The line from Bhimavaram extends up to Narasapur. There has been persistent demand from Konaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, that this region to be connected with Railway line from Narasapur to Kakinada, out of which Kakinada – Kotipalli restoration of BG line is in operation.Now from Kotipalli to Narasapur portion of the Railway line is very essential to fulfill the above requirement.This route will become an alternate route connecting Visakhapatnam - Vijayawada Main line with the Konaseema region in Andhra Pradesh for the overall development.
The entire Konaseema area served by the proposed line is passing through highly fertile lands having agricultural produce including Paddy and Coconut crops. Gas based power plants, mini refineries are establishing now and New industries are coming up in this area due to discovery of Natural Gas by onGC. By providing this rail transport facility, the distance between Kakinada to Amalapuram, Razole and other business centers will be reduced considerably in addition to the elimination of constraints of people crossing the ferry over the Godavari river at three locations within a short distance of 45 Kms.
Salient features ofthe project:
The project is planned for execution in 3 phases, they are;
·Amalapuram-Chinchinada (33.88 km)
ØTender for Sub-structure of major bridge across river Gowthami awarded on 8.11.2017 and Vainatheya &Vashista awarded on 25.05.18.
ØLand acquisition is in process. Total land required 908 Ac. (East Godavari 791 Ac, West Godavari 118 Ac). 276 Ac land handed over in East Godavari, so far. Acquisition is in progress for balance land.
ØRs. 2.69 crore deposited by the State Government till date. And the balance to be deposited is Rs. 123.76 crore.
New Rail Rout on Beautiful Konaseema:
The alignment passes through rich fertile central delta area of Godavari river.The entire terrain is rich alluvial soil. From Kotipalli the alignment crosses important rivers of Godavari like Gowthami, Vainatheyam,Vasista. The alignment is passing through wet lands and commercial lands which are irrigated by canal network and built up area and Government lands. The alignment connects Amalapuram, Razole towns. The details of places passing this new line and their importance are given below:
This place is Revenue Mandal head quarter and important commercial center in the Konaseema area with a population of 1,50,000 from where coconut, paddy traffic, aqua products traffic moves to Chennai, Kolkata and Northern places of India. Important educational institutions offering courses on Engineering, Medical, Professional, Management and other faculties are established at this place having high passenger traffic potential.
This place is a famous for the pilgrimage center of Appannapalli, Bala Balaji Devasthanam.About 2 to 3 thousands of pilgrims visit the temple daily.Number of Oil wells situated at this place.
Jaggannapeta is a center place for villages like Ambajipeta (famous coconut export center), Tatipaka (ONGC mini refinery and gas collection center are situated here),Mogalikuduru (Mandal headquarters),Geddada (big village), Palagummi, Podalada and Kadali etc., and having good passenger traffic potential.
This is another Mandal headquarters and commercial center. Traffic like coconut, paddy and other agricultural products are exported to other states. This town is surrounded by important villages and number of educational institutions situated at this town. This town is very nearer to ANTHARVEDI, a famous pilgrim center with huge attraction of tourists.