Nellore railway station to be redeveloped with world class amenities

Ministry of Railways has embarked up o­n the ambitious project of ‘Redevelopment of Railway Stations’ with world class smart amenities and elegant look and feel for all the important railway stations. Nellore Railway station is o­ne of those stations considered for such redevelopment o­n a grand scale. The estimated cost of this project is around Rs. 100 Crore which will be executed jointly by Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) and National Buildings Construction Company Ltd (NBCC).

Source: NBCC

Nellore station will be developed as energy efficient and eco-friendly station by implementing various Green initiatives and Energy initiatives like Green terraces, cellular rain water harvesting, Solar panels, LED lighting, use of energy efficient devices, use of insulation o­n roof top, use of capacitors at load centers, use of high efficiency motors, use of part solar external lighting etc.

Nellore Railway station redevelopment project is an up-gradation project, keeping in view of the expected additional inflow of passengers in the next few years where station complex is integrated with other infrastructure facilities to provide a seamless experience to the passengers by providing world class infrastructure and iconic Architecture, duly utilizing commercial potential of the station.

Nellore city is District Headquarters and the fourth populous district in the State of Andhra Pradesh. It is an abode of famous tourist destinations like Pulicat Lake (second largest brackish water lagoon in India), Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Ranganathaswamy Temple, Udayagiri Fort, Venkatagiri Fort, Khaja Rahamatulla Dargah etc. The district is also o­n the map of Science & Technology with the establishment of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (Rocket launching Centre).

At present, Nellore Railway station is Non Suburban Grade 3 (A-Category) station and is located in the busiest and important railway trunk route of Vijayawada – Chennai. This station handles 43 pairs of Express Trains and 7 pairs of Passenger Trains every day. The average footfall per day is around 25,000. At present, there are 4 platforms, 4 meters Foot over Bridge, 3 Escalators covering all platforms, 3 Lifts, Booking office with 7 Counters, Enquiry Office, Public address system, Food plaza, Retiring rooms, 3 ATMs, both Upper class and General Waiting halls etc.


Salient features and objectives of Redevelopment of Nellore Station

ØElegant structural design taking into consideration structure safety and stability, aesthetics conceived by architect, constructability, ease of maintenance and durability.

ØAn iconic structure with modern state-of-the art-facilities. Integrating both sides of the city i.e., entry and exit o­n both sides of the station.

ØAdditional facilities like retail stores, shopping, hospitality, food-court etc.

ØSpacious circulating area and sufficient provision for drop off, pick up and parking along with congestion free non-conflicting entry/exit to the station premises.

ØGreen buildings with optimum use of natural ventilation & lighting.

ØUser friendly international signage boards understandable by all sections of the society. Multilingual digital signage along with Braille script wherever feasible.

ØAll essential facilities at concourse like catering, small retails, wash rooms, cloak rooms, drinking water, ATM, Pharmacy, Internet etc.

ØIntegration with other modes of public/ private transport systems e.g. Bus, Taxi, Auto-rickshaw etc.

ØImplementation of all the applicable fire & life safety standards like advanced features in Fire alarm and detection system, security system like CCTV cameras, Integrating intrusion detection, access control and video surveillance etc., will be ensured.

ØAn earmarked space for establishing exhibition gallery, which can be given o­n lease to artists and agencies.

ØStalls/retail kiosks for sale of local crafts/arts/products will be established to improve local art & culture.

ØAs per norms, all the facilities for Divyangjan like exclusive parking, rest room, ramp, drinking water, toilets etc will be provided.

ØEfficient water supply system.

ØIn addition, excellent sewage system including waste water treatment plant, soiled, waste and rain water disposal etc., will be implemented.



India’s first brood stock multiplication center launched in Nellore

BMR Group of Nellore has setup the India’s first brood stock (mother prawn) multiplication center in Nellore. This move could transform the aquaculture industry in India, the unit will produce pathogen free brood stock helping us achieve self-sustainability. Till date most aqua firms rely on imports for imports for disease-free brood stock.

BMR Group

BMR Group Chairman Beeda Mastan Rao, who first brought the L Vannamei prawn species to India, has setup the plant at Chennayapalem in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, in collaboration with Blue Genetics of France and Mexico.

Andhra Pradesh state accounts for 70% of India’s shrimp exports with an annual turnover of Rs24,000 crore. The brood stock center would further strengthen the state’s dominance in the sector.

Dagadarthi location confirmed for Nellore Airport

The Andhra Pradesh cabinet gave its formal nod to Nellore airport at Dagadarthi, putting an end to all th confusion over the location of the airport. The ministry of civil aviation has already given the site clearance for developing the green field no-frills airport. The 368-crore airport to be deeloped by Messer Turbo Consortium will come up in 1,352 acres at Dagadarthi. The cabinet approved allotment of 110 acres in Nellore to Midhani for setting up an aluminum alloy plant.

The cabinet also gave its nod for the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Corridor Development Bill-2017 which will help in development, maintenance, planning and regularization of various nodes under Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor and Chennai-Bengaluru industrial corridor that pass through AP .

Krishnapatnam port’s investment, expansion and diversification plans

The CVR Navayuga group promoted Krishnapatnam Port hopes to achive a cargo throughput of about 55 million tonne this year. The group plans to invest about Rs 8,000 crore in a phased manner to add more berths to have about 42 berths with over 200 MTPA capacity. The port will also have a dedicated container terminal in 600 acres.

Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd (KPCL) signed an MoU with Petrogas and the government of AP for setting up a LNG (liquefied natural gas) regasification and floating storage terminal (FST) at an investment of $500 million. Petrogas Pvt Ltd is a JV between Isomeric Holdings Bhd of Malaysia and the Vijayawada based LEPL Ventures Pvt Ltd (LEPL).

The group is also in the process of setting up an industrial smart city in Nellore district in the port hinterland at an estimated cost of about Rs 10,000 crore. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be floated for the purpose along with the state government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for developing this hub in 6,000 acres.

CVR Navayuga Group owns 91% of Krishnapatnam Port along with family and friends while the balance 9.4% is held by the London-based equity firm 3i Group Plc. The total amount invested in developing the port so far is over Rs 8,000 crore and its debt equity ratio is about 3:1.

WhatsApp number for police complaints in Nellore

Complaints or information can be passed on to Nellore Police in the form of videos, photos and SMS to WhatsApp number 9390777727

Nellore district police launched an initiative called ‘Public Eye’ to register complaints or provide information on law and order, traffic or anti-social activities enabling the police to take swift action. A dedicated mobile phone number – 9390777727 – has been provided for this purpose.

DKW College Nellore becomes autonomous

Dodla Kausalyamma Government Collge for Women, popularly known as DKW College in Nellore, was accorded autonomous status by the University Grants Commision (UGC) on 18th March 2016. The college will also receive UGC funds to improve its infrastructure.

The college was started on 27th Jan 1964 by Smt Dodla Kausalyamma and Dodla Subba Reddy. Cosnstruction of college building started in 1965 in an area of 25 acres. Dodla family spent about Rs3 lakh to source the building plan from America in those days. No wonder, the college takes pride in its spacious class rooms, a large library, laboratories and even a gym.

The college has about 800 students now supported by 40 teaching and 16 non-teaching staff. The college received A Grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

D. K. Govt. Degree College for Women
Dargamitta, Nellore 524 003
Andhra Pradesh, INDIA
Principal: +91-861-2327568
Hostel: +991-9248205040
Mobile: +91-9948121701
Fax: +91-861-2305843

Site selection committee at Katepalli for Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nellore

A team of scientists from ICAR, New Delhi visited the Katepalli village to explore the feasibility of setting up the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) there. About 50 acres of land has already been identified by the revenue department. Krishi Vigyan Kendra was established in Nellore under NATP at agricultural research station during September, 1999 under the Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural  University. [ ]

KVKs are Farm Science Centers with multidisciplinary team of scientists and strong technology support from their host institute. They have effective functional linkages/collaboration with other development agencies/organizations and accessibility to farmers in the region.

National Livestock Breeding Centre of Chintaladevi is also situated near the identified site. The breeding center is now being under the Kamadhenu Project with special focus on reviving its activities with funds to the tune of Rs. 25 crore. Established in 1918 over 2,700 acres, the center had a glorious history but has been dormant in the last two decades.

City forest (Nagara Vanam) being developed at Kottur near Nellore

About 210 hectares of land is being converted into an urban forest near Kottur with about Rs2.5 crore funding from Govt of India. About 150 hectares is the reserve forest and the rest is being taken from APFDC (Andhra Pradesh Forest Development Corporation). Foundation stone for the project was laid on 17th July 2015 during Vanamahotsavam.

nellore nagaravanam area map2

The identified terrain is undulating with a few hillocks. The APFDC has taken up Eucalyptus plantations in suitable areas leaving a patch of natural forest. The hillocks are ideal locations for constructing view spots, watch towers and resting pagodas. The forest is covered with fairly good vegetation with dry deciduous shrub type forest. There is an old mining pit which serves as a good source of water all through the year. Three water bodies are being proposed to increase the water availability throughout the year.

Works in Progress


Natural Trail Path of 4.25Km, an inner walking track of 2.30 km, a lotus/boating pond, children’s park, a see through wall, octogonal pagodas, a school nursery are some of the facilities planned for the city forest.

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Buckingham Canal survey near SHAR from today

SHAR officials accorded formal permission to conduct Buckingham Canal survey works in the Sriharikota range. The canal spreads across 11 mandals over an area of 6080 acres in Nellore district. About 385 acres need to be acquired for canal revival and creation of necessary facilities. Central government is on a mission to revive the 1000 KM long Buckingham canal from Kakinada to Chennai.