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Secunderabad-Shalimar A/C Weekly Superfast Express & Kacheguda-Madurai Weekly Express Flagged off

Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy, Hon,ble MOSR and Shri M. Anjan Kumar Yadav Hon'ble MP seen flagging off the Secunderabad-Shalimar Weekly Express o­n 28.05.2013

Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy, Hon,ble MOSR and Shri M. Anjan Kumar Yadav Hon'ble MP seen inaugurating Kacheguda-Madurai Weekly Express via Remote Link o­n 28.05.2013

Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy, Hon'ble MOSR is seen addressing the gathering at the inaugural function of Secunderabad -Shalimar Exp and Kachiguda - Madurai Exp.(28.5.2013)

The Secunderabad-Shalimar weekly superfast AC Express ready for inauguration

Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy, Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways and Shri M Anjan Kumar Yadav, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Secunderabad flagged off two new Trains viz., Train No. 12774/12773 Secunderabad-Shalimar (Kolkata) Air Conditioned Weekly Superfast Express and train No. 17615 / 17616 Kacheguda-Madurai Weekly Express today i.e., 28th May, 2013 at a function held at Secunderabad Railway Station. This grand function was attended by Public in  large  number and senior railway officials.  These two new trains were flagged off in fulfilment of announcements  made in  Railway Budget 2012.                 

Shri G Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble MLA, Amberpet was present at Kacheguda Railway Station at the inaugural of Kacheguda-Madurai Weekly Express.

Speaking o­n the occasion, Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddysaid that the two new trains being introduced today would fulfil the  aspiration of the travelling public. Priority would be accorded for introduction of new trains o­n other routes where there is genuine passenger demand. The Minister said that safety in running of trains is the top priority areas for railways. He informed that up gradation of passenger amenities and modernization of Railway Stations would be expedited. This region has been getting large number of trains from successive railway budgets in the recent past. 23 new trains were announced in the 2013 railway budget and these will be commenced in a phased manner in this year. More than 400 summer special trains are also being run to clear extra rush. Lifts and Escalators are being provided at major Stations,  The Minister also said that in order to ease out the pressure o­n Secunderabad Station and to avoid detention of trains short of signals, setting up of additional rail terminals will be considered.

Addressing the gathering Shri M Anjan Kumar Yadav  lauded the efforts of South Central Railway for introducing many new trains as announced in the Railway Budgets. He urged SCR to commence the works related to World Class Stations at Secunderabad and Tirupati. He thanked Minister of State for Railways for his special efforts towards developing the rail infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh.

Shri D P Pande, General Manager, South Central Railwaywelcomed the gathering and expounded various measures being taken by SCR to improve train services and provide amenities to the passengers. The full text of General Manager’s address  is attached.

Later, Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy inspected the MMTS Stations o­n Secunderabad-Lingampalli by a special train and reviewed the working of MMTS services with Shri S. K. Misra, Divisional Railway Manager, South Central Railway and other senior railway officials.


Welcome Address of GM for Flagging offFunction o­n 28/05/2013:

On behalf of South Central Railway, I heartily welcome all of you o­n the happy occasion of inauguration of another set of new trains from the twin cities…..from Secunderabad to Shalimar and from Kacheguda to Madurai.It is our privilege that we have Sri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy garu, Hon'ble Minister of State for Railways and Shri Anjan Kumar Yadav garu, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Secunderabad with us today to flag off these trains.We are grateful to all the distinguished dignitaries o­n the Dias for sparing their valuable time to attend this function.

South Central Railway, a ‘Sun-Rise’ Zone of Indian Railways, has seen rapid growth in its infrastructure, traffic volume and earnings in the recent past. I am happy to share with you that SCR, which loads more than 110 million tons of freight per annum and carries more than 1 million originating passengers per day, has crossed another milestone…..of grossing more than `10,000 Crs. in a financial year…., last fiscal. I wish to add here that our stress is not o­n merely achieving records, but also o­n keeping focus o­n our valued customers and providing a qualitative service.

Railways being an economical and convenient mode of public transport, demands for expansion of its network and services arise continuously. Though we have accelerated the pace of execution of new works –with around 300 kms of new lines and 140 ROB/RUBs completed in the last 3 years, we still have a large shelf of o­ngoing projects with limited resources spread over them.However, the progress of the prioritized projects is being closely tracked for their expeditious completion. We are thankful to the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Government of Andhra Pradesh for sharing the cost of some of the Projects and also extending necessary support for the growth of Railways in this area.

It is heartening to note that SCR has got a large chunk of new trains announced in successive Rail Budgets in recent years. While 46 Express trains– 26 originating and 20 pass through – were introduced o­n SCR in the last 2 years, 23 more new trains were allotted to us in the last Budget. This shows the importance given to this Zone by the Railway Ministry and more so, reflects the initiative and efforts of our Hon’ble MSR, ShriKotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy garu. We will commence the operation of the newly budgeted trains in a phased manner.

Keeping in view the Rail travel needs of the passengers from twin cities, several new trains have been started from here….to Bellampalli, Tirupati, Kakinada, Vishakapatnam, Nagpur, Porbandar, Darbhanga, Ajmer and Jaipur….. in the last few months. Today, we are providing two more new trains - to Shalimar and Madurai.I am sure these Services fulfill the long cherished demand of the people from this region to enhance Rail connectivity to Kolkata and Madurai.

There is good news for the city commuters o­n the expansion of MMTS under Phase - II . Tenders have already been invited by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, for works worth ` 360 crs simultaneously in 3 packages. The bids are slated to beopened o­n 14th June, 2013 for evaluation.We are hopeful of commencing the field works by August, after finalizing the agencies.

Safety and security of passengers is of paramount importance in our working.As Majority of the accidents o­n our Zone occurs at unmanned level crossings, we have already taken steps to eliminate them by 2016. As our policy is to progressively close down all the unmanned level crossings, no request for opening of a new level crossing or to continue o­n existing crossing will be considered from any quarter.However, till such time, exercising proper caution by the road users is very critical for safety at level crossings.

The Security apparatus in Railway premises is being constantly strengthened through surveillance cameras and deployment of RPF staff at sensitive stations and o­n identified trains etc.

It is our earnest resolve to make our services passenger friendly and the rail journey comfortable. Some of the measures taken in this direction include mechanized cleaning of coaches and stations; o­n Board Housekeeping Services in 35 trains; induction of 250 eco friendly Bio-toilets and provision of quality linen through modern mechanized laundries. We have recently started supplying blankets fully packed with a separate bed sheet cover for enhanced convenience.We request the passengers to complement our efforts in maintaining cleanliness and not to litter or soil the Railway premises. We have launched an intensive cleanliness drive across the Zone and so far collected ` 19 lakhs as penalty in 9500 cases of violation of guidelines o­n cleanliness. Towards providing hygienic and qualitative catering services, modern catering outlets and base kitchens are being set up in a big way at key Stations. A toll free 24x7 catering help line has also been established to promptly attend catering related complaints from passengers.

We are strongly committed to eliminate the menace of touting/middlemen in Railway reservation ticketing area. Close watch is being kept o­n the activity at major reservation counters through surveillance cameras also.While 175 touts were prosecuted last year, 67 have so far been apprehended this year as a result of our focused checks. In the last fiscal, we detected 23 lakh cases of ticketless/irregular travel and realized penal charges of` 75 Crs. from the erring passengers o­n the Zone. In the interest of a comfortable and secure travel to bonafied passengers, we continue to take stringent action against ticketless travel through intensified special drives.

Thrust is being given to upgrade the passenger amenity infrastructure at Stations. While ` 88 Crs. have been spent last year, ` 125 Crs. have been allotted this year for improving passenger amenities o­n SCR. At the three prestigious terminals in twin cities - Secunderabad, Hyderabad and Kacheguda, ` 35 Crs. have been spent in the recent past towards modernizing various facilities to passengers.In addition, amenity works worth ` 29 Crs. are also under active progress at these Stations.

Honoring the demand from passengers, we have embarked up o­n providing Lifts and Escalators in a big way at all major Stations o­n SCR. We have so far made available 22 Lifts and 7 Escalators at 12 Stations. Works are under progress for 13 more Lifts and 25 Escalators at 12 Stations.In addition, we have recently got new sanction for 21 more Lifts and 17 Escalators also. We are taking up these works o­n priority, and aim to complete them in the earliest possible time. While 5 Escalators have so far been put into service here at Secunderabad,2 more Escalators and 2 Lifts at this Station and3 Escalators and 2 Lifts at Kacheguda will also be commissioned soon.

I take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy garu, Hon'ble Minister of State for Railways for his guidance and support being given to us in all our endeavors towards development of Railways o­n SCR.

I o­nce again convey my appreciation to all our esteemed guests o­n the Dias for having graced this occasion. Last but not the least , I thank all the Public and Media Personnel for being with us here today to encourage us in our efforts to provide improved Rail services.

Thank you o­ne and all !

(K.Sambasiva Rao)
Chief Public Relations Officer

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