Dr. V.Varaprasada Rao, Hon’ble Ex-Member of Parliament, Tirupati called on Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway today i.e., 04th September, 2018 at SCR’s Headquarters, Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad. A host of issues related to rail developmental activities in and around Tirupati region came up for discussions between the two.
The subject of upgradation of Tirupati Railway Station to world class levels came to the fore during the meeting, with the Hon’ble Ex-MP crediting SCR for taking up the work, and seeking that the same be executed expeditiously. The General Manager informed him that a high benchmark in terms of modern standards has been set for the proposed world class level Tirupati Railway Station with the work being taken up by National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) under the aegis of Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) with an investment of Rs. 490 crore. Commencement of work on the project is due to commence soon, with the tenders scheduled to open on 11thSeptember, 2018, the General Manager informed the Ex-MP.
On the query of Dr. V.Varaprasada Rao related to conversion of Rayalacheruvu Railway level crossing to Subway, the General Manager, SCR stated that the Railways has accorded approval for construction of Road Under Bridge to replace the Railway level crossing and is awaiting for the consent of State Government to undertake the work. In this connection, the General Manager also brought out the fact that the issue pertaining to the Road Under Bridge was also highlighted by him during his meeting with Chief Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh on 09thAugust, 2018 at Velagapudi so as to firm up the construction plan, by getting the State Government’s nod at the earliest.
Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav detailed the Ex-MP on the pace of construction of the prestigious new railway line project between Nadikudi – Srikalahasti, which is expected to be a game changer in the economic progress of Andhra Pradesh, linking new areas on the rail network. Elaborating on the same, the General Manager, SCR stated that works from Srikalahasti side will also be started to supplement the present ongoing works from Nadikudi side, so as to ensure that the new rail line project is completed fast.
Upon the request of Dr. V.Varaprasada Rao for providing higher levels of passenger amenities and facilities and Renigunta Railway Station, the General Manager, SCR agreed to upgrade the same, keeping in view the importance of the Railway station as a well patronized gateway for pilgrims bound to Tirumala. To serve their needs, a first of its kind, single point modern Toilet complex will be built along with lockers offering the pilgrims, a very convenient option of Toilet/Restroom with full fledged Shower/Bathing facilities including provision of Toiletries, Towels etc.,besides secure storage space for their personnel belongings and luggage. This International standardOne- Stopfacility to be provided by the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, will provide the pilgrims, the hassle free convenience of alighting by train – getting ready – travelling to Tirumala for Darshan – coming backto the station and boarding the return train to their destination.
The other issues represented by the Hon’ble Ex-MP to General Manager, SCR included request for stoppage to trains at Venkatagiri, construction of a Road Over Bridge to replace railway level crossing next to Venkatagiri Railway station, construction of Road Over Bridge from Srikalahasti Road to Urandur – Venkatagiri Road and conversion of railway level crossing gate no. 28 near Srikalahasti Railway station in to a subway.