KAKINADA: Passengers from Kakinada and Konaseema districts have proposed a coastal railway line through Kakinada which will reduce the rail distance between Visakhapatnam and Chennai by 60 kilometers.
The promoters of the line point out that a new railway line will have to be laid over a distance of only 20 to 22 km. This will provide an alternative link between Howrah and Chennai via Pithapuram and connect Kakinada Port to key centers in the country.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Kakinada Lok Sabha member Vanga Gita said that Indian Railways has already sanctioned a dedicated railway line to Kakinada Special Economic Zone (KSEZ). She said she proposed to the Ministry of Railways to extend the same line to Kakinada.
Clubbed with Kotipalli-Narsapur railway line, there will be a link through not only the port cities like KSEZ Dedicated Port, Kakinada Port, Machilipatnam Port and Nizampatnam Port, but also the centers of pilgrimage of Annavaram, Pithapuram (Pada Gaya), Sarpavaram (Bhavannarayana Swamy temple), and Pancharamas of Draksharama, Palakollu and Bhimavaram, apart from tourist sites of Konaseema.
“The line will also be the most economically viable for the railways,” Gita stressed.
Cocanada Town Passengers Association Chairman and South Central Railway member YD Rama Rao said he has proposed a coastal railway line from Annavaram in Kakinada district on the Visakhapatnam-Chennai route via the new Greenfield Port- Kakinada Port-Kotipalli-Narsapur-Machilipatnam-Repalle-Nizampatnam Port and Bapatla.
Rama Rao said this will make Andhra Pradesh an asset for the development of the country as the districts of East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur produce agricultural, industrial, maritime, gas, oil and water products with high potential . The line will be very beneficial for the people of the coastal districts and will also promote tourism, as the road crosses Konaseema and Diviseema between the Godavari and Krishna rivers.