Firm announcement on new Railway zone at Vizag sought

Visakhapatnam (VSKP): Representatives of various peoples’ organisations have demanded that the Railway Minister make a categorical announcement on formation of the new railway zone in Andhra Pradesh with headquarters in Visakhapatnam during his reported visit to the city on May 27. In a letter to the Railway Minister, former Union Secretary E.A.S. Sarma said that the new zone should not be truncated to suit the political interests of the government.

Praja Spandana president C.S. Rao also echoed similar views and wanted that a declaration made on the zone without further delay.

Reports are in the air for the last 3 days at Andhra Pradesh and New Delhi that Centre is likely to grant Railway Zone status to Vizag in Andhra Pradesh before end of this month. According to sources close to the BJP, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Andhra Pradesh BJP President Kambampati Hari Babu, who recently had a meeting with Railways Minister, were given hint about this. Railway Zone is likely to be arranged at Visakhapatnam as expected earlier.

According to sources, the BJP state wing is said to be planning to conduct a huge meeting on 26th May at Visakhapatnam, where Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu will announce this on the eve of NDA government completing one year in power.

The state BJP wing believes that it is necessary to conduct huge meeting to highlight this development to reduce the negative opinion generated against it in the people because of negative publicity by some ruling and opposition parties over NDA government’s failure to implement its promises made to the state. This may also prevent the ruling TDP leaders and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu from claiming the full credit of this.

However, BJP may invite him and all the ministers of his government to this public meeting likely to be held at Visakhapatnam on May 26th.