The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Pradeep Kumar on Friday said that five lifts at Vijayawada Railway Station would be operational by the end of September. In addition, five escalators would be put to use. Of this, two are already functioning, and three more were installed recently, he said. Another five lifts would be installed in the division; two lifts each at Rajahmundry and Ongole and one lift at Eluru. Escalators have been sanctioned for stations like Guduru, Ongole, and Samalkota, he said.
To a question, he said that the Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA) would develop the multi functional complex at Vijayawada shortly. A complex is already functioning at Rajahmundry. To another question, he said that there were 108 unmanned railway gates in the division, against the total of 485 gates. Mr Pradeep Kumar said that there was no impact of 72-power stir on the railways. Meanwhile, Mr. Pradeep Kumar and Chief Security Commissioner R. Pacharwal inaugurated a dog squad here. The squad already has two trained dogs, and two more dogs are under training. A dog training house, worth of Rs. 10 lakh, was constructed for the dog squad for the Railway Protection Force (RPF).