Despite being declared one of the model stations in the South Central Railway zone two years ago, Chittoor railway station suffers from many hiccups, while denizens primarily complain about several express trains not halting here, in spite of repeated appeals to the authorities and public representatives.
Chittoor district headquarters town, with a population of over 3.5 lakh, is a thriving business centre, with export of prime produces like jaggery and mango across the country. The town also happens to be the gateway to Tamil Nadu. For boarding the express trains crisscrossing the North and South, people have to reach the Pakala junction towards east or Katpadi junction in the west. Devotees who come to the famous Kanipakkam temple, 10 km from Chittoor, have to alight at Pakala junction or Tirupati.
Public forums have sought out the authorities for the halt of eight prime express trains at Chittoor station, but in vain. They are: Yashwantpur-Howrah; Kanyakumari-Mumbai; Rameshwaram-Tirupati Triweekly; Rameshwaram-Okha Weekly; Yashwantpur-Tatanagar Weekly; Villupuram-Purulia Weekly; Villipuram-Kharagpur Biweekly; and Pondy-Howrah Weekly Express trains. Another long-pending demand is for a direct Express train from Chittoor to Chennai. There is a proposal to run the Chennai Beach-Vellore Cantonment train, which makes a night halt at the latter station, up to Chittoor. Similarly, there is a public appeal for enhancing the number of coaches on the Katpadi-Tirupati Demo Passenger. People deplore that the proposals for doubling the section between Tirupati and Katpadi were also shelved.