Members allege raw deal to city
Memorandum submitted to DRM Development of Vizag as a model station sought
VISAKHAPATNAM: The Vizag Journalists' Forum on Wednesday staged a `rail roko' to register its protest against `denial' to Visakhapatnam its due share by the railway authorities.
Members of VJF stood on the track in front of the Prasanti Express at the railway station for a while and left the scene without causing any inconvenience to passengers.
Later, a delegation of VJF submitted a memorandum to Divisional Railway Manager Indra Ghosh and registered its protest against what it described as `a deliberate attempt' to lessen the importance of Visakhapatnam in the railway map.
It listed a charter of demands which included developing of Vizag as a model station, centralised computer reservation complex, maintenance depot and coaching complex, setting up of main electrical multiple unit, modern facilities at Marripalem railway yard, developing of freight terminal at old railway station, construction of dedicated freight corridors, introduction of new trains to Mumbai, Mangalore, Bangalore, Aurangabad, Puri and Inter-City overnight train to Chennai, extension of existing trains like Jana Shatabdi Express, Neelachal, Rajdhani and Purushottam Express to Vizag and stopping of diversion of trains via Duvvada.
It also suggested that a rolling stock of coaches be kept at Vizag and the existing tracks utilised and modified for movement of passenger trains to Howrah and Chennai.
The VJF team was led by its president S. Shiv Shankar, secretary M. Yugandhar Reddy, electronic media association president R. Babu Rao, APUWJ city president P. Narayan, VISJA secretary N. Nageswara Rao, and Sri Devi Vision News Editor Patrudu.