Duvvada/Visakhapatnam: Thanks to the indifference of authorities concerned, the work on extension of the Foot Over Bridge (FoB) at Duvvada railway station is progressing at a snail’s pace, nearly three years after funds were sanctioned for the project.
Though an amount of Rs.58 lakh was sanctioned for extension of the FoB from Platform No.2 & 3 to Platform No.4 in 2010, the work was not taken up for a long time on the plea of “insufficient funds.”
“Work on the FoB, which caters to the needs of around 9 lakh people of the industrial area, actually commenced only in April this year after constant follow-up by Gajuwaka MLA Chintalapudi Venkatramaiah with the Divisional and Zonal railway authorities and the Railway Minister,” according to Duvvada Railway Station Users’ Association secretary K. Eswar.
“Though the authorities had initially promised to provide ramp-type FoB for the convenience of passengers, staircases were constructed and steel structures erected as part of the extension work more than three weeks ago. The flooring work on the bridge has not been completed so far, forcing the passengers to cross the tracks and risk their lives,” he said.
Goods trains are stopped at the station and passengers have to invariably cross the track to reach Platform No. 4 side from Platform Nos. 2 and 3.
“A ramp type FoB would have been a better option as it would be convenient to wheel-chair users. The existing ramp type FoB from the station entrance to Platform No. 1, provided by NTPC long ago, could have been extended to the Platform Nos. 2 and 3 and to Platform No. 4,” feels Mr. Eswar.