While Telangana has been demanding the railway division at Kazipet for years now, the Centre which gave nothing in the railway budget despite Telangana now being a separate state, is now moving to take Telangana areas in Secunderabad division from south central railway and attach them to the Gulbarga division it is planning to set up! The Gulbarga division is likeley to come up under South Western Railways.
The areas SCR is bound to lose are important stations like Vikarabad, Tandur and Zaheerabad will be transferred to Gulbarga.
Despite protests from Telangana MPs, the Centre is working on this plan also to merge the Telangana areas into Gulbarga division of South Western Railway. According to the proposed plan Raichur to Wadi section will be merged in the Gulbarga division.
At present, Secunderabad division comprises of Peddapalli, Jagityal, Balharshah, Gadchandur. Bibinagar, Pagidipall, Kazipet junction, Dornakal junction, Kondapalli, Motamarri, Mellacheruvu, Dornakal, Munuguru. Kesarapalli, Singareni, Secunderabad junction, Vikarabad, Parli, Vikarabad, Bidar and Wadi.
The demand for a railway division in Gulbarga, one of the major freight-intensive locations of the Railways, has been pending for years. .
As a revenue division of the Karnataka, Gulbarga has been witnessing tremendous growth in the past decade with nine mega cement plants besides newly proposed thermal power plants of NTPC at Bijapur. Vikarabad section also makes close to Rs 100 Cr on freights so Karnataka wants the section merged with it’s own Gulbarga and the State’s BJP leaders led by Sadananda Gowda, who is the union railway minister are enthusiastic to make merry at the cost of Telangana. Telangana BJP leaders are meanwhile busy with channel boycott and Golconda issues!