If all goes well, Andhra Pradesh might soon get a bullet train. The union minister of railways, Suresh Prabhu, has requested Germany to extend a high-speed rail corridor study to Vijayawada. The German federal minister of transport and digital infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt, has in essence agreed to the proposal of extending the Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore high-speed rail corridor study to Vijayawada.
The Indian railways and German railways will work together on safety in rail operations for the 'Zero Accident Mission' of Indian railways, which is likely to commence by 2017 and is reported to be fully funded by the German government.
The Telangana government, not wanting to be left behind, had requested the Centre to upgrade National Highway-65, connecting the two capital cities of Hyderabad and Amaravati, with an express highway and a high speed bullet train parallel to the highway. The aim being to increase road and rail connectivity between the two capital cities and create a growth corridor like the one coming up between Chennai and Bengaluru.