ANDHRA PRADESH

Railway division looking towards new MPs

Ramesh Susarla

Two major projects need to be taken up to improve movement of cargo

GUNTUR: South Central Railway’s Guntur Division, a strategic link between north and south for movement of trains with a potential for changing the economics of Railways, needs attention from the newly-elected Members of Parliament from Guntur and Prakasam districts.

On Guntur city outskirts, Nallapadu is a major railway junction operationally for allowing trains moving from Vijayawada, Secunderabad to Guntakal or towards Chennai/Howrah via Tenali on Howrah-Madras main line. Two major projects that need to be taken up to improve the movement of cement, coal and other food products on this section, Guntur - Tenali section needs to be doubled. Currently there is only single line between these two places.

Lack of electric traction between Bibinagar and Nallapadu puts a lot of pressure on the Kazipet - Vijayawada section for movement of all long-distance goods and passenger trains though it is a longer route to Chennai or Visakhapatnam.

Decades-old doubling of Krishna Canal Guntur section was completed last year, but it remains to be commissioned as the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) is yet to give his nod for a small stretch of 7 k.m. between Mangalagiri and Krishna Canal.

Worst connectivity

Guntur Railway Divisional Manager M. Akhtar told The Hindu that the immediate necessity was three-line berthing facilities at Perecherla and Bandarupalli stations immediately after Nallapadu so that flow of trains could be maintained properly reducing the detention time sharply.

In Guntur district Guntur-Tenali-Repalle line has the worst connectivity though it is far more economical and shorter route between Guntur and Repalle. Electrification of Guntur-Nandayal section and Bibinagar-Nallapadu sections could lead to enormous saving of foreign exchange as double diesel engines haul high-value goods trains.

Thumalacheruvu on Nallapadu - Bibinagar single railway line section will very soon get a large consignment of gypsum being imported from Iran for use in cement factories in Guntur and Nalgonda districts.

The distance between Jaggayyapeta and Vishnupuram could be bridged with a railway line that had high potential of economic feasibility with a lot of savings for the Railways.

When contacted, Guntur MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao said that he had been fighting for the Guntur-Tenali doubling and would represent the Railway needs in Parliament this time also.

Narsaraopet MP Modugula Venugopala Reddy (TDP) and Panabaka Lakshmi (Bapatla) also need to pitch-in their voice for getting these projects to the region.

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