ANDHRA PRADESH

Accident cause yet to be ascertained, says official

Staff Reporter

Fresh look of the cracks confuses authorities



More staff to tackle rush at reservation counters

Zone issue in hands of Railway Ministry: TSR



VISAKHAPATNAM: The main cause for the derailment of Nagercoil- Howrah Gurudev Express near Duvvada on Monday night is yet to be ascertained.

S.K. Vij, Member Engineering, Railway Board, in press briefing here on Wednesday said that the cracks in the line look fresh and that confused the authorities. “It is a state line track and it has not yet carried 25 per cent of the carrying capacity so far. We have to wait for further investigations to ascertain the cause. The investigation is being carried out by the Safety Commissioner who is an officer from the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” he said.

The Railway Board member was here as part of a team led by T. Subbarami Reddy, Minister of State for Mines, to review the developmental activities of the Waltair Division.

Briefing the developmental activities, the Minister informed that the railway authorities agreed to add another 14 new staff to the existing reservation counters within a span of two months to tackle the rush and inconvenience to the commuters. He also added that a proposal for a new air-conditioned reservation building with over 20 counters had been mooted.

Proposals

Listing out a number of proposals he said: “Apart from expediting the construction of platforms 6, 7 and 8 with permanent overhead cover, proposals have been submitted for the construction of an air-conditioned dormitory, computerisation of token system, setting up of sufficient drinking water points and construction of more number of toilets.”

Dr. Reddy, however, sidetracked the zone issue and said that it was in the hands of the Railway Ministry and not the board.

Extension of a few trains like the Janmabhoomi Express to Secunderabad, Nagarjuna Express to Visakhapatnam and the Nilachal Express to Visakhapatnam were also proposed. S.S. Khurana, General Manager, East Coast Railway, informed that the proposal for a third line from Visakhapatnam to Kothavalasa and Kothavalasa to Simhachalam had been sanctioned with Rs.230 crores and Rs.90 crores respectively. Divisional Railway Manager of Waltair Division Indra Ghosh was visibly upset when the question of diversion of a few trains to Duvvada cropped up repeatedly, but explained that the platforms were being increased to handle the existing long-distance trains and trains originating and terminating at Visakhapatnam and no new long- distance train would touch the station.

Satellite station

He also added that passengers alighting and boarding the long-distance trains at Visakhapatnam were only 5 to 7 per cent for which it was not worth diverting the trains and lose one-hour of valuable time, add more load to the lines and put over 90 per cent of passengers to inconvenience. He, however, promised to develop Duvvada as a satellite station for the benefit of local passengers.



More staff to tackle rush at reservation counters

Zone issue in hands of Railway Ministry: TSR





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