TIRUPATI: Elaborating on South Central Railway’s plan to eliminate unmanned railway level crossings, General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav has said that all level crossings have been eliminated on the zone except for nine, which will be eliminated by end of October 2018.
The General Manager undertook an extensive tour of Tirupati Railway Station, covering the entire station premises from the main (North side) till the South side entrance area and reviewed the ongoing works with Divisional Railway Manager and other Officials on the station development plans on the south side of the station on Wednesday.
Vinod Kumar Yadav, GM, SCR conducted an inspection of Tirupati Railway Station on Wednesday. He was accompanied by VP Singh, Divisional Railway Manager and other Officials of Guntakal Division. During the visit, the General Manager interacted with the media and informed that the developmental works at South entry are in progress and would be completed in the next financial year, after which a new Platform would be added. “Additional passenger amenities like waiting halls and lounges are being provided on Platform No.1 of the railway the station,” he said.
Speaking on the redevelopment of Tirupati Railway Station, the General Manager stated that the agency would soon finalise the work. The redevelopment work would be completed in three years. The approval for Road Under Bridge at Rayalacheruvu Railway crossing gate has been received from Andhra Pradesh Government, for which the Tirupati Urban Development Authority would share 50% cost. “This work will be processed for approval,” the GM informed.
He said that with a view to generating space for two more platforms at Tirupati Railway Station, a proposal is being drawn to shift some of the maintenance facilities from Tirupati to Tirupati West Railway station. “This requires around 5 acres of land from the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) towards which the railways will be pursuing with TTD and Andhra Pradesh Government. The works of new crossing station at Tiruchanoor are in progress and would be completed by March 2020,” Yadav said.
With regard to Guntakal Division, 14 level crossings gates in Renigunta-Tirupati-Chandragiri section have been targeted for elimination, out of which two will be undertaken by National Highway Authority of India and balance by Railways. All Road over/under Bridges would be completed in 2-3 years’ time,” he said. G. Narasimha Yadav, Chairman, Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) and Dr.
Varaprasada Rao, Ex MP, Tirupati met General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav at Tirupati and discussed rail developmental issues.