The new zone will have Guntakal, Guntur, Vijayawada and Vizag divisions
As June 2, the appointed day for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh nears, proposals for carving out a new South East Coast Railway Railway (SECoR) zone – the 18th in Indian Railways, are being firmed up.
Indian Railways had only nine zones till 2003 and later seven more – Hubli, Jaipur, Bilaspur, Bhubaneswar, Hajipur, Jabalpur and Allahabad – were added. More recently, the Metro Rail in Kolkata was made a zone and the new zone under active consideration now will be the 18th.
While the South Central Railway (SCR), that now has six divisions, will be left with big three viz. Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Nanded and probably the Gulbarga Division will also be added to South Central Railway, the new South East Coast Railway (SECoR) zone will have Guntakal, Guntur, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam (that will be detached from East Coast Railway).
“In the creation of a new zone, it is but natural for the adjoining zones to be reorganised and while we send out proposals, it is for the Railway Board and Union Government to take a final call. In this case, the inclusion of Visakhapatnam into the new territory is necessary,” said a senior SCR official. SCR now has about 6,000 km length of track and the proposed new zone is expected to get approximately 3,500 km. Paperwork for allocation of the 93,000-odd existing employees (sanctioned strength is 1.03 lakh) in the SCR is already said to be done.
It will have Guntakal, Guntur, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam divisions