Vijayawada ideal for new SECoR Zone Headquarters, say commuters

According to rail users, the Vijayawada station is centrally located and has requisite volumes of freight and passenger traffic

विजयवाडा Vijayawada (BZA): As speculation over the likelihood of location of the new capital in the vicinity of Vijayawada and Guntur intensified, the demand for establishment of headquarters of the proposed South East Coastal Railway (SECoR) Zone in Vijayawada city is fast catching up with people.

They are firm that Vijayawada city will be an ideal destination for the new railway zone irrespective of whether the capital is located here or not. Vijayawada Railway Station Users’ Consultative Committee sent a memorandum to Railway Minister D.V.Sadananda Gowda recently seeking steps for giving Vijayawada due recognition in the form of the zone headquarters, committee member Naraharisetti Srihari said.

He added that Vijayawada station was centrally located and had requisite volumes of freight and passenger traffic. Besides, the zone HQ is also essential from the viewpoint of development of seaports, particularly the Machilipatnam port, to which the government has committed itself.

Those demanding the Railway zone HQ in the city cite the scope for expansion of the existing station, which has 10 platforms accommodating more than 300 pass-through (both passenger and goods) trains everyday.

The Electric Traction Training Centre at Satyanarayanapuram is a major facility imparting practical lessons to loco pilots from across the country. It is the only training institute of its kind in the State. The electric loco shed and wagon workshop at Rayanapadu have few parallels in the country in terms of performance and the scale of operations.

These and other facilities work in favour of Vijayawada, Mr. Srihari asserted. He added that a high-level committee of the Railway Board comprising top officials of the South Central Railway (SCR) were seized of the matter.

The recommendations of the committee are eagerly awaited while an equally strong demand for the new zone HQ emerged from Visakhapatnam. They sent memorandum to Railway Minister in this regard.