VISAKHAPATNAM: For the first time four Lok Sabha members of North Andhra region met Rajiv Vishnoy, the general manager of East Coast Railway, Bhubaneswar, and discussed the long pending demands of the Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts.
The MPs stressed the pressing need to concede the two-decade-old demands. They have decided not to remain silent any more on the issues concerning the Railways and put pressure on the officials to fulfil the region’s interests.
The MPs had met the ECoR GM and submitted several representations in the past but for the first time Anakapalle, Visakhapatnam, Araku and Srikakulam MPs Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao, Khabhampati Haribabu, Kothapalli Geetha and Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu respectively met jointly the general manager and explained how the region had been facing problems due to the Railways giving short shrift to the region’s needs.
They explained how the Visakhapatnam division was ignored even when it was earning nearly 50 per cent of the total revenue from cargo handling and endowed with enough infrastructure besides big cargo supporters like Vizag and Gangavaram ports.
“We have submitted a representation and also informed the GM about the immediate need to meet the pending demands. The GM assured us that he would broach the issues with the Railway Board,” Srinivasa Rao told Express.
The Anakapalle MP also said that the GM conceded that the issues raised by MPs were genuine and needed to be addressed.