VISAKHAPATNAM: Hundreds of commuters who use the Kakinada-Visakhapatnam-Kakinada passenger train staged a ‘rail roko’ near Gopalapatnam Railway Station Wednesday to express their ire over the abnormal delay of the train every day.
They relented only after the railway authorities promised to look into the matter and ensure that the train is operated as per the schedule.
As usual on Wednesday, the Kakinada-Visakhapatnam passenger was behind the schedule by about an hour. Unable to bear it any longer, the passengers squatted on the track.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel managed to pacify the passengers. Marripalem RPF inspector AK Das asked the passengers to give a written representation to the railway authorities. The train starts at 4.40 am and it is supposed to reach Visakhapatnam at 9.15 am. A large number of employees, workers, students and women use the train. In the return journey, the train starts at 5.10 pm and reaches Kakinada at 9.40 pm. “Employees and workers from Annavaram, Tuni, Yelamanchili and Anakapalle travel by in the train. Some people are also coming to Viskahapatnam from Kakinada on various works and return home in the evening. But the train is late every day. We are being warned by our bosses for being late to office almost every day,” said Mahalakshmi and Viswanatham, who travel by the train daily.
The railway authorities also have their own reasons for the delay. Admitting the abnormal delay almost every day, the railway authorities say that though over 1,000 employees and workers are suffering due to the delay, they are helpless.
“It is true that the passenger train is being stopped. But our priority is express trains. The timings of the TATA-Dhanbad-Alleppy and Hatia-Yaswanthpur Superfast trains are almost the same,” a senior official of East Coast Railway told Express.