Prime Minister to lay stone of South Coast Railway headquarters in Visakhapatnam on November 11

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Prime Minister will also launch Visakhapatnam Railway Station redevelopment project during his visit to the city, said Divisional Director of Railways

Prime Minister will also launch Visakhapatnam Railway Station redevelopment project during his visit to the city, said Divisional Director of Railways

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the groundwork for the long-awaited construction of the South Coast Railway (SCoR) zone headquarters during his visit to Visakhapatnam on November 11. It will also initiate the Visakhapatnam Railway Station redevelopment project to be taken up at a cost of ₹393 crore.

It is learned that 12 of the 35 acres of railway land available at Wireless Colony has been earmarked for the construction of the zone headquarters at an estimated cost of ₹110 crore. The architects came up with some plans for the building. However, Board of Railways approval is awaited.

“We have only received confirmation of the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the SCoR headquarters and the redevelopment project of the Visakhapatnam railway station,” said Divisional Director of Railways Anup Satpathy. The Hindu tuesday.

Speculation on the train to Varanasi

Meanwhile, rail activists began speculating on social media that the prime minister would also flag the Visakhapatnam-Varanasi express, which had been on hold for a few years.

Although the Railway Board accepted the proposal a few years ago, the train has not been introduced so far under the pretext of lack of rake.

They also want to retain the residual part of the Waltair division with the SCoR headquarters in Visakhapatnam as it involves no additional expense.

In addition, it also facilitates administration as all railway assets such as Coach Depot, Car Repair Shop, Diesel Locomotive Shed (DLS) and Electric Locomotive Shed (ELS) are located in the city of Visakhapatnam and staff will continue to work in Visakhapatnam.

At the time of the announcement of the railway zone in February 2019, then Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said that a decision had been taken to fork off the Waltair division and merge part with the new proposed railway division at Rayagada in Odisha and the residual. party with the Vijayawada division.

Visakhapatnam is among the most revenue generating divisions in the country as it is a wagon generation point due to the presence of a large number of major industries. Indeed, the division’s turnover is much higher than some existing areas.

An additional DRM rank officer is expected to be assigned to Visakhapatnam for quick decision-making and coordination with local industries and allocation of wagons for the movement of goods, it was said.

Maintaining the residual part and maintaining the divisional staff is also part of the DPR’s proposals, according to the sources.

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