The pilgrims, as well as the locals, are urging the Union government to allocate funds in the Rail Budget for the proposed Pandurangapuram-Sarapaka railway line that will finally connect Bhadrachalam with the major railway network. The railway budget is to be presented at the Assembly in the last week of February.

Sources said, though Bhadrachalam is famous all over the world, it is yet to get rail connectivity. The demands for linking the temple town with other places through rail has been making rounds since 1984. Sources said, no funds have been allocated for the construction of the line since 2003.

As per 2013 estimates, the 15.5 km-long railway line would have costed `47 crore. But present estimates state that the cost for laying the line has escalated to `80 crore.

“Can’t the MPs in the Parliament even provide a railway line for the town?” questioned TVGR Krishna Murthy, a senior citizen in Bhadrachalam, and added that according to Central government norms there should be railway line between two pilgrim centres.