Secunderabad: South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager Ravindra Gupta on Thursday said that a proposal for undertaking a comprehensive survey of the railway connectivity from Amaravati, the emerging capital city of Andhra Pradesh, to other major cities in the State had been submitted to the Railway Board.
It is likely to be accepted and once it happens, the Railways would take necessary action for establishing the desired railway network, he asserted. Addressing the media after the customary pre-railway budget consultations with MPs from Vijayawada, Guntur and Guntakal divisions here on Thursday, Mr.Gupta said the proposal was submitted in view of the needs of creation of the new capital, as per requests made by the State government earlier.
While duly focusing on the railway connectivity to Amaravati, the SCR was carrying out estimation of the third line between Gudur (Nellore district) and Duvvada (Visakhapatnam). Work would commence depending on sanction of funds. “We received a number of demands such as introduction of trains, extensions, stoppages, construction of ROBs/RUBs and etc. All these demands will be actively considered at the headquarters level. Our endeavour is to provide minimum essential amenities but that is not our limitation,” he added.
Asked whether an effort was being made to reduce the running time of Andhra Pradesh Express from the existing 36 hours, Mr.Gupta replied in the affirmative and pointed out it was taking so much time as it had to go through several zones. It was planned to reduce the running time of all long distance trains in the SCR by increasing speed, he added.