ANDHRA PRADESH

Rs.1.22 crore for passenger amenities

Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: The Southern Railways is said to have sanctioned Rs.1.22 crore to improve passenger amenities at Ekambarakuppam—its tail-end station in the grid on the Andhra-Tamil Nadu border, about 55 kms from here.

According to the Nagari MLA, G. Muddukrishnama Naidu (TDP), the Chennai-based Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Mr. Kulshreshta whom he met on Tuesday in this connection has confirmed him the sanction.

Quoting the DRM, the Nagari MLA said that of the Rs.1.22 crore, while Rs.77 lakh would used for the extension of the platform, Rs.30 lakh would be towards constructing the compound wall while the remaining Rs.15 lakh is to put in place a waiting hall.

Mr. Naidu had taken up with the Southern Railways the need to augment the amenities at the neglected station which is fast emerging as an important handloom hub producing a range of fabrics which have a great demand in Chennai and other major textile cities of Tamil Nadu and other states in the country. While thanking the Southern Railways for the grant, Mr. Naidu has also submitted a memorandum to the DRM seeking grants for some more works as well, so that the development could be comprehensive as in the case of the Puttur station.