VISAKHAPATNAM: The South Coastal Railway (ScoR) Zone project, which was announced in 2019, is not yet on track as the AP government is yet to identify land and hand it over to railways. The BJP-led central government had announced ScoR Zone project, with headquarters in Vizag city, before the 2019 general elections.
Union railways minister Ashwini Vaishnav said an unprecedented budget allocation has been made towards the railway sector in the interim budget for financial year 2024-2025.
To a question on the progress of ScoR Zone project and deadline for the operationalisation of the zone, Ashwini Vaishnav said the AP government is yet to hand over around 53 acres in Vizag city for setting up the headquarters of the new zone. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) had already been approved designs finalised, and budget allocated, but the delay was due to the land allocation issue. The deadline counts for the project a day after the land allocation, he added.
It may be recalled that AP government mentioned that it will identify around 53 acres of land near Mudasarlova locality in Vizag city and hand it over to railway for setting up the headquarters of ScoR Zone. But nothing has been done so far.
Ashwini Vaishnav said AP has received an outstanding outlay of 9,178 crore to carry out several rail infrastructure and safety projects. The budget allocation to AP for 2024-25 is ten times more than the budget allocation to combined AP for 2009-2014 (886 crore).