Vijayawada: Two Express trains heading towards Chennai, Bengalore and Ahmedabad have been given a two-minute halt Bapatla Railway station.
Howrah-Yeshwantpur Express will stop at Bapatla at 7.35 a.m. en route to Yeshwantpur. In the return direction, the train stops at 6.20 p.m.
Train no 12655 Ahmedabad-Chennai Navajeevan Express will also stop at Bapatla at 9.35 a.m. In return direction towards Vijayawada, it will stop at Bapatla at 2.40 p.m.
Union Minister of State for Railways Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy and local MP and Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Panabaka Lakshmi are expected to flag off the trains at Bapatla Railway Station on October 2.
Rail users’ plea
Meanwhile, the Guntur Divisional Rail Users Association demanded halts to several express and trains in major municipalities in the division. Secretary U. Sasidhar Chowdary in a press release said passengers in several important stations in the division have been put to inconvenience as there was no stoppage for several express trains.
He demanded that train no 17225/17226 Vijayawada-Hubli-Vijayawada Amaravathi Express should be provided with a halt at Mangalagiri station, an important pilgrim centre.
Similarly, train no 17211/17212 Machilipatnam-Yeshwantpur-Machilipatnam Kondaveedu Express should be provided with a halt at Vinukonda, an important trading centre.
Train no 22882/22881 Bhuvaneswar/Pune/Bhuvaneswar Express should be provided with a halt at Piduguralla, 22883/22884 Puri-Yeshwantpur-Puri Garibrath Express should be provided with a halt at Giddaluru.
Train no 22831/22832 Howrah-Srisatyasai Prasanth Nilayam-Howrah Express should be provided with a halt in Giddaluru.
Mr.Sasidhar said the Guntur Railway Division has always been neglected in provision of halts.
Out of 23 halts provided at various stations, eight have been allotted to Vijayawada division, five at Secunderabad, four each at Guntakal and Nandyal and two at Hyderabad leaving out Guntur.