The Railway that never was: Narsapur - Kakinada
A short history
In 1997-1998, a project for a railway line between Kakinada-Kotipalli and Kotipalli-Narsapur via Amalapuram was taken up, as suggested by MP Balayogi.
Under the first phase, a 45 km new line was laid with Rs.74 crores up to Kotipalli. This line was inaugurated in 2004.
The cost for the construction of the last part, Kotipalli-Narsapur - a distance of 57 km - was estimated to be Rs. 710 crores. This was mainly due to the need for the construction of three large railway bridges in the Godavari delta:
- over the Vasista between Kotipalli-Mukteswaram (bridge of 5 km);
- over the Vainateya between Bodasakurru and Pasarlapudi;
- over the Gautami between Narasapur and Sakinetipalli.
However, until now the project has not been finished. Even the railway traffic on the Kakinada - Kotipalli line has been suspended in november 2005.
In december 2005 the Wattman visited the line between Kotipalli and Draskharama.
To his surprise, there was some activity on the line!
Go to part 1 Kotipalli station
Go to part 2 Will the line ever reach Narsapur?
Go to part 3 Gangavaram
Go to part 4 Between Gangavaram and Draksharama
Go to part 5 Draksharama