The Railway budget on account for 2009-10 is yet another slap in the face of the people of Andhra Pradesh, more so for north Andhra and Visakhapatnam. Despite numerous representations to the Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, the latter ignored the facts and the needs of these people.

It is understood that even the representation by the Chief Minister found its way to the dustbin. It is all the more regrettable that successive Railway Ministers, right from Ghani Khan Choudhary, are making Indian railways the property of their State or their constituency, starting with Malda in West Bengal to Mysore and now Bihar.

The States MLAs and MPs are busy in mudslinging at each other than force the Railway Minister to give due consideration of the needs and take appropriate decisions, especially regarding Waltair Division which contributes the second highest revenue in the country.

Visakhapatnam lacks proper rail facilities either to go to the State capital or the national capital or other metros.

Even now, it is not too late to force the Rail Minister to make amends.

G.M. Rama Rao


‘Bridge’ the gap

Recently, an over-bridge was constructed till Platform No. 5 in Visakhapatnam railway station, leaving behind platform No. 6 where a few important trains like the Tirumala Express make their departure. Passengers walk on the new over-bridge with an intention to land on platform No. 6, but find themselves short and forced to climb the stairs again from platform No.5.

I appeal to the authorities to take appropriate action.

C.V. Satheesh Kumar


Provide better service

IOC cooking gas customers are facing a lot of trouble for booking gas.

I have a connection from Tirumala Gas Service of IOC in Gajuwaka area which has two telephone numbers. But they never lift the phone to do the booking.

Similarly, when I wanted to report the matter to IOC Area Manager’s office on the eighth floor of IOC building, they also do not lift the phone to receive the complaint. I request the IOC authorities to respond well and provide better services.

E. Bhimeswara Rao


Scholarship affairs

The scholarship affairs of Backward Classes and Scheduled Caste students are looked after by the Welfare Officer at the district headquarters in Vizianagaram, facilitating the educational institutions to make day-to-day cheque transactions and correspondence in person.

In the same manner, the authorities are requested to set up office for scholarships of the ST and economically backward classes students at the same place for the convenience of all students.

K. Sri Rama Murthy