ANDHRA PRADESH

New Guntur railway station sans amenities

In bad shape:A side wall is damaged at the New Guntur Railway Station platform.— Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

In bad shape:A side wall is damaged at the New Guntur Railway Station platform.— Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar  

The New Guntur Railway Station located at Nehru Nagar is getting busier. The diversion of Chennai-Vijayawada-Chennai Jana Shatabdi from April 1 through this station will bring more passengers to the station. There are four trains that ply through the station, which was inaugurated in 2006.

Located at a distance of 3.5 k.m from the main station, the station is in need of a facelift. The open spaces on the west side are being used as dumping grounds. The space could be used to develop greenery.

On the main platform, the elevated shelter now extends to a distance of just 100 metres, hardly sufficient to meet the passenger requirement. The seating needs to be improved. There is no water cooler, though a water tap has been provided.

The passengers are also complaining over the lack of a bulletin of trains and timings usually displayed at stations.

The lone booking counter handles reservations as well. In the absence of a public address system, passengers are often confused over the timings of arrival/departure of trains.

“We request the railways to make changes in the time table as well. Two trains, Jana Shatabdi and Andaman Express going towards Vijayawada arrive within a gap of two minutes. The passengers often get confused,'' says G. Kalidas, a teacher who lives in Nehru Nagar.

Some of the commuters also complained that in the absence of proper lighting towards the south side, the dark spaces are being used by anti-social elements.

“The Railways should deploy some RPF personnel to keep a check on anti-social elements,'' Mr. Das said.

The Railways on the other hand, said it would provide more amenities at the station in future. “There are not many passengers who use this station and hence we are providing limited facilities.

The facilities would be upgraded in future if there is increase in passenger traffic,'' Senior Divisional Commercial Manager M. Syamsundar Rao said.

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