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MP wants doubling of Guntur-Tenali rail line

Improving amenities: Guntur Member of Parliament Rayapati Sambasiva Rao inspecting the new waiting hall at Guntur Railway Station after formally declaring it open on Tuesday.

Improving amenities: Guntur Member of Parliament Rayapati Sambasiva Rao inspecting the new waiting hall at Guntur Railway Station after formally declaring it open on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

Staff Reporter

Inaugurates a passenger waiting hall

GUNTUR: All efforts should be made to commence the doubling and electrification of Guntur-Tenali railway track so that more number of Chennai-bound trains could be diverted via Guntur, Member of Parliament Rayapati Sambasiva Rao has said.

Speaking to reporters after inaugurating a newly-constructed passenger waiting hall on platform No. 1 on the Guntur Railway station premises here on Tuesday, the MP said that doubling and electrification of the Guntur-Tenali railway track would also make it viable to run a circular train connecting Guntur-Tenali-Vijayawada.

Proposals for doubling had been incorporated in the supplementary budget, SCR, Guntur Divisional Railway Manager Md. Akhtar explained. The electrification of Guntur-K.C. Canal stretch had been completed and was awaiting a formal inauguration, he said. The Railways would also revive an electrical track between Vejendla and Tsundur. The MP demanded doubling and electrification of Guntur-Nandyal-Guntakal and the DRM said that Rate of Return was very on this section (13 per cent), so electrification was a possible project in view of high density of goods traffic.

Reservation counter

A proposal to run the Machilipatnam-Bangalore Express via Guntur had been accepted, while the proposal to ply Machilipatnam-Mumbai Express, Guntur-Rameswaram and extension of Devangiri Express trains to Guntur had been turned down, he said.

Explaining the progress of ongoing works on the railway station premises, the DRM explained that works with a total outlay of Rs.5 crore had been approved, out of which works were being taken up with Rs.2.4 crore. A washable apron would be laid on platforms 2, 3 and 4 and the entire premises illuminated.

A proposal to start a reservation extension counter at the e-Seva centre in Old Guntur had been lying with the Guntur Municipal Corporation. Mayor Kanna Nagaraju, who was present at the meeting, assured that he would take up the issue immediately. Member of Legislative Council K.S. Lakshmana Rao, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager R. Kishore Babu, Divisional Security Commissioner P.V.L. Shantaram and A.M.C Chairman L. Appi Reddy were present.

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