Work stopped by contractor in 2011 due to lack of funds
The development works at Duvvada railway station that were stopped midway more than a year ago, on the plea of lack of funds, have started once again on the western side of the station.
The work on increasing the length and width of Platform – 4 was stopped by the contractor in 2011 due to lack of funds.
Of the total length of 620 m and width of 10.5 m, about 400 m length and 3 m width concrete flooring works were completed and construction of booking counters and toilet facilities have begun.
Paucity of funds
An amount of Rs.58 lakh was sanctioned for extension of foot over bridge (FOB) from PF – 2 and 3 to PF – 4 in 2010 but the work could not be undertaken due to ‘paucity of funds’. Gajuwaka MLA Chintalapudi Venkataramaiah wrote many letters to the Railway Minister, Executive Director (Passenger Amenities), Railway Board, East Coast Railway General Manager and the Divisional Railway Manager of Waltair. Finally, the work tender has been awarded to the contractor and it is also expected to begin shortly after getting clearance from Railway authorities.
Development of circulating area, construction of Government Railway Police (GRP) office and other civil works have also commenced at the station.
Mr. Venkata Ramaiah and the Duvvada Railway Station Users Association secretary K. Eswar thanked the Railways in this regard.