Vice President Inaugurates/dedicates Host Of Railway Projects
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu initiated a series of railway projects including the inauguration of the much-awaited new railway line between Venkatachalam -Vellikallu and Obulavaripalle - Cherlopalli (part of Krishnapatnam - Obulavaraipalle rail line project) and laid the foundation stones for redevelopment of Nellore railway station and passenger amenities at all railway stations from Krishnapatnam to Rapuru station.
The other passenger oriented initiatives include flagging off Nellore-Chennai Central MEMU service which would facilitate travel between Nellore town and Chennai during the day time, dedication of high-speed Wi-Fi at Nellore, Guntur and Renigunta railway stations.
Shri Naidu also dedicated a new booking office at Akkampet railway station, new foot over bridge, a new booking office at Tiruvottiyur railway station and a new subway at Gummidipundi in lieu of level crossing.
The Vice President also inaugurated upgraded passenger amenities at Tirupati Railway Station (via video link) and new foot over bridge at Nellore South Railway Station. Responding to the suggestion of Vice President for a new intercity train to connect Gudur with Vijayawada, the Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal announced at the event that a new day time train would be introduced shortly.
Addressing the gathering the Vice President expressed happiness that his long-cherished dream for rail passenger services between Rapur and Venkatachalam will become a reality by December 2019. Shri Naidu said that redevelopment of Nellore Station and the launch of MEMU service from Nellore to Chennai gave him immense satisfaction.
Describing the new railway line between Obulavaripalli and Krishnapatnam port as a boon, he said that the pending tunnel works were expected to be completed soon. The new line would reduce the distance by 72 km and provide seamless connectivity for goods transportation as it connects the port to Vijayawada-Gudur main line at Venkatachalam station.