Railway ministry, NTPC scuttle Telangana plans


News that can have long ranging effects on the Telangana state has come to light today. The Railway ministry is learnt to have rejected the request to set up a coach building factory in the future Telangana state. The factory is “not needed as the existing capacity and planned capacity is sufficient to meet future needs,” the ministry reportedly communicated to the home ministry about four days ago. The coach factory was part of the Telangana Act under the 13th part.

NTPC also is believed to have taken a decision against Telangana with regard to setting up the 4000 Megawatt thermal power plant which is also a key promise of the Telangana Act. The power generation company is saying that it has no new coal linkage to take up a project this big, the company has already informed the Center it’s view. The planned thermal plant would require about 10 lakh tonnes of quality coal, which is not available right now, as per the company. “NTPC has been asked to re-prioritize its present coal allocations. However, it has not shown interest and has instead asked the state government to provide land and water first,” said a source.

The Railway ministry has also rejected the need to set up a new railway zone for Seemandhra. “The proposal is not justified due to financial, geographical and other reasons,” is what the ministry said regarding the issue.

The issues can have long range effect especially on Telangana and would cause deep dissatisfaction in Seemandhra too. More news is expected soon on the issues.

Medaram Jathara

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