Introduction of tri-weekly express to Jodhpur demanded
Rajya Sabha member T. Subbarami Reddy has drawn the attention of Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal and member (traffic) of the board K.K. Srivastava on the need to provide better train connectivity from Visakhapatnam to other parts of the country.
Dr. Reddy, who is also Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology and Environment and Forests, sent separate letters to the two board officials seeking among other things: introduction of a tri-weekly express to Jodhpur to cater to the needs of traders and Marwari population living in the region, making the Sainagar Shirdi weekly express into a daily train and utilising the empty rake of EMU to introduce Visakhapatnam-Araku Passenger to serve the tourists from West Bengal, Odisha, and other parts of the country besides serving the tribal population.
He sought extension of Vasco da Gama – Vijayawada Amaravathi Express to Visakhapatnam as the train provides port, industrial and tourism connectivity, extension of New Delhi-Puri Neelachal Superfast Express to Visakhapatnam as thousands of Andhras from the region travel to Varanasi, Allahabad and Gaya on pilgrimage and on pleasure trips, extension of the bi-weekly Visakhapatnam-Kollam Express (holiday special) for one more year to cater to the needs of the Malayalee population of the region who travel regularly to Kerala and extension of the Kakinada-Bhavnagar Weekly Superfast Express to Visakhapatnam for the benefit of thousands of Gujratis living in the city.
Dr. Reddy noted that Visakhapatnam, which is a cosmopolitan city having a population of 20 lakhs, is ranked among the four fastest growing cities in India along with Pune, Cochin, and Coimbatore.