Minister for Ports, Infrastructure and Investments Ganta Srinivasa Rao appealed to Union Minister of State for Railway Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy to sanction a separate railway zone with Visakhapatnam as headquarters and to allocate new trains.

In a letter to the Minister of State for Railways, Mr. Srinivasa Rao recalled the long-pending demand of the people of the region for setting up of a separate railway zone and to provide better rail connectivity to Visakhapatnam.

Underlining the need to improve rail connectivity, he said that the second alternative was to merge Visakhapatnam in South Central Railway.