Kakinada-Pithapuram Railway Line project almost shelved: GM

VIJAYAWADA: The long awaited Kakinada Pithapuram railway main line project has almost been shelved on the grounds of non- viability economically, despite the state government showing interest in going ahead with it agreeing to contribute its share.

The South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav, who was here on Friday during the annual inspection of the town railway station, has told media persons that the project stands ` freezed’ for the present as it was found economically not feasible.

However, he said, state government was keen on materializing the project and holding discussions with the Railways.

Mr Vinod Kumar has said that he had detailed discussions with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary on this subject. But, he said, the Kotipalli Narasapuram railway line project was cleared and tenders were finalized for construction of the bridge across Gouthami River.

The work on the railway bridge was already commenced and only the formal laying of the foundation stone was remaining’ he added.

Referring to the passenger amenities at Kakinada town railway station, the GM has said that an escalator would be installed shortly for the easy movement of commuters from one platform to the other.

He assured to revive the old system of issuing reservation tickets to the senior citizens and the womenfolk at the main building enquiry counter keeping in view the ordeal faced by them.

Earlier , city MLA Kondababu along with railway users’ association leaders Y .D .Ramarao, Lakshmanarao and Mrs Lakkaraju Seshukumari has called on the GM and represented him over the need for early execution of Kakinada- Pithapuram railway line project besides improving the passenger amenities at both port and town railway stations.