The developmental works on the Visakhapatnam-based South Coast Railway Zone will begin shortly, said BJP Rajya Sabha Member G.V. L. Narasimha Rao. Interacting with the railway trade union leaders on Monday, Mr Rao alleged that the Opposition parties were spreading rumours on the issue and said that the Centre has sanctioned Rs. 170 crore for the establishment of the zone in the last Budget, but none of the political parties, including the YSRCP, is talking about it.
The opposition parties like TDP and YSRCP have been misguiding the public on the revenue generation of the division. Mr Rao said that he would take up the issue of retaining the Waltair Division and creation of RRB for the new zone, with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and also with the Railway Board Chairman.
Highlighting on the other projects, Mr Rao said that the State government’s response to the Vizag-Chennai corridor, which would see huge investment and generation of employment to about 1.5 crore people has been lukewarm. At the same time, Vizag has got huge funds under the Smart City project and every housing scheme is funded by the Centre under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), but there is a wrong notion among the people that the Centre had done nothing, due to the propaganda being spread by the TDP and the YSRCP, he said.