VIJAYAWADA: South Central Railway conducted a meeting with Hon’ble Members of Parliament belonging to Lok Sabha, covering the jurisdiction of Vijayawada, Guntur and Guntakal Divisions. Total 13 Hon’ble Members of Parliament representing the state of Andhra Pradesh took part in the meeting held today i.e., 9th January, 2018 at Electrical Traction Training Centre (ETTC), Satyanarayanapuram, Vijayawada. Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, SCR, Principal Heads of Departments and Divisional Railway Managers of Vijayawada, Guntur, Guntakal, Secunderabad and Hyderabad Divisions attended the meeting.
Vinod Kumar Yadav welcomed the dignitaries and briefed them on the performance of South Central Railway and various steps initiated for improving the passenger amenities on the Zone. The General Manager informed that during the current financial year infrastructural works related to construction of new railway line between Yerraguntla – Nandyal and electrification of Wadi-Raichur-Guntakal section has been completed. In addition a small stretch in the Nadikudi – Srikalahasti new line project and Kadapa – Bengaluru new line project is also targeted to complete during the current fiscal.
He informed that the works for doubling and electrification of Vijayawada – Gudivada – Bhimavaram – Narsapur project is on the fast pace. The works for construction of 58 Road Over Bridges (ROBs) and 138 Road Under Bridges (RUBs) are in progress, while the works for construction of 21 ROBs and 24 RUBs falling in the State of Andhra Pradesh are under consideration. He also informed that the Zone is committed for the development of Tirupati Railway Station as World Class Station. SCR is also actively considering the proposal to connect Kadapa and Kurnool with new capital Amravathi.
The Hon’ble Members of Parliament complimented the initiative of SCR during the meeting and raised several issues related to Railway developmental works / services in their respective constituencies. The demands raised by the Hon’ble Members included construction of new railway lines, introduction of new trains, extension of existing train services, additional stoppages to existing trains, construction of Road Over Bridges/Road Under Bridges and providing improved passenger amenities etc.
The General Manager stated that the deliberations in this meeting would immensely help the Railways in finalizing the Railway developmental plans for the people of this region. The suggestions and views expressed by the Hon’ble Members would be given due considerations while formulating the proposals for new works / services, he added.
Dr. P. Ravindra Babu, Hon’ble MP, Amalapuram; M. Srinivasa Rao, Hon’ble MP, Anakapalle; J.C.Diwakar Reddy, Hon’ble MP, Anantapur; Magantti Venkateshwara Rao, Hon’ble MP, Eluru; Y.S.Avinash Reddy, Hon’ble MP, Kadapa; Thota Narasimham, Hon’ble MP, Kakinada; Konakalla Narayana Rao, Hon’ble MP, Machilipatnam; Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Hon’ble MP, Narsaraopet; Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, Hon’ble MP, Nellore; Y.V.Subba Reddy, Hon’ble MP, Ongole; Maganti Murali Mohan, Hon’ble MP, Rajahmundry; Dr. V. Vara Prasad Rao, Hon’ble MP Tirupati and Kesineni Srinivas, Hon’ble MP, Vijayawada were present in the meeting.
MPs call SCR meeting ill-timed, say Centre dilly-dallying on Railway Zone status to Visakhapatnam
A tad more than 50 per cent of the 25 Parliamentarians of the state, who attended the annual meeting of the South Central Railway (SCR), chaired by its General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav on Tuesday at the Electric Traction Training Centre (ETTC), Satyanarayanapuram, here, urged him to take up the issue of according the Railway Zone status to Visakhapatnam, as was promised in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act-2014, with the Railway Board. In all 13 MPs belonging both to the ruling TDP and the principal Opposition YSRCP attended the meeting.
Senior Parliamentarians Rayapati Sambasiva Rao and JC Diwakar Reddy were of the opinion that the meeting should have been held in November, instead of now as the preparations for the General Budget 2018-19 were already underway and the proposals of various development projects, submitted by the respective MPs could only be included in the ‘supplements’ and not the main Budget.
“The Parliamentarians become curry leaves during the sessions of the Parliament (as) they act according to the directions given by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said Anantapur MP JC Diwakar Reddy. Commenting on the delay in according the Railway Zone status to Visakhapatnam, Reddy said that Narendra Modi only could solve the problem and went on to add that the State Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had, on several occasions, sought appointment from the PM to discuss the promises made to the State under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act-2014.
“For the past 30 years I have been submitting proposals of development projects to be executed in Guntur and Narasaraopet constituencies. No projects have materialised and officials are saying that the issue will be taken up by the Railway Board,” said Narasaraopet MP RS Rao. “I attended the meeting to taste the delicious menu served by the SCR officials,” he said in a sarcastic manner.
Commenting on the promised Railway Zone status for Visakhapatnam, RS Rao said that even after the completion of three years of the NDA Government there was no proper assurance of according Railway Zone status to Visakhapatnam. He also stressed on the need to include Tenali and Krishna Canal Junction, which are at present under the jurisdiction of Vijayawada Division, in the Guntur Division.
The wish list of MPs (submitted to SCR GM)
Majority of the MPs demanded construction of new railway lines, introduction of new trains, extension of existing train services, additional stoppages to existing trains, construction of road over bridges/road under bridges and improved passenger amenities etc.
They asked for funds allocation for the completion of the Nadikudi-Srikalahasti railway line, and execution of new railway line between Pithapuram-Kakinada and Kakinada-Kotipalli-Narasapur.
They wanted SCR to provide free meals to the general-compartment passengers, who were travelling longer distances.
They wanted that Express trains should halt at the district HQqs and length of platforms be increased. (Existing platforms in the station have the capacity to accommodate only 16 coaches out of 22).
They wanted doubling and electrification of the existing Vijayawada-Gudivada- Bhimavaram railway line. Wanted a third line on the busy Chennai-Howrah route be developed.
SCR’s strength: Railways have adequate funds for construction of rail over bridges, foot over bridges, escalators and lifts in the railway stations.
SCR’s Plan: SCR will construct 200 foot over bridges, 100 lifts in the railway stations in the SCR zone.
Present Status: 58 rail over bridges are at various stages of construction, and the department is ready to construct the ROBs as per the needs of the people.
SCR’s Priorities: The Railways is giving priority to improve passenger amenities like construction of lifts, escalators etc.