Railway zone alone ensures overall progress of N. Andhra, say leaders

SRIKKULAM/VIZIANAGARAM:The backward districts of Vizianagaram and Srikakulam will witness some semblance of development only if the Centre sanctions a new railway zone for the State with headquarters in Visakhapatnam, opine leaders of various political parties.

on the fast track:A view of the Vizianagaram Railway Station where the third line is proposed up to Titlagarh. —Photo: BASHEER

While stating that the sanction of the third railway line between Vizianagaram and Titlagarh will spur growth, they insist that separate railway zone alone ensures overall progress.

The Centre would spend Rs.2,335 crore for the third railway line covering 264 km. It is expected spur economic and industrial progress in Vizianagaram district.

Welcome, but it is not everything: Botcha

“It is the responsibility of the Central government to sanction separate railway zone with Visakhapatnam as headquarters as promised in the A.P. Reorganisation Act. The new railway line is a welcome decision, but it is not everything,” says former MP Botcha Satyanarayana while speaking to The Hindu over phone.

“Employment opportunities can be created in north Andhra only if the railway zone is sanctioned. Establishment of a coach factory can also be considered. A few more trains can be originated from Visakhapatnam. All stations, including Vizianagaram and Srikakulam, can be modernised,” says Lok Satta Party State general secretary Bhisetty Babji.

“Many industries would come if cargo transport facility is available in the backward areas. That is why the TDP is seeking separate railway zone with Visakhapatnam as headquarters. We will continue to highlight the issue in Parliament, says Srikakulam MP Kinjarapu Rammohan.

“North Andhra students are unable to land jobs in the Railways due to domination of other States. The students are not even allowed to write the examination in Bhubaneswar and other places. Separate railway zone will certainly help students of Srikakulam districts to a great extent,” said YSR Congress Srikakulam district president Reddi Shanti.