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3 trains to be diverted via New Guntur

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GUNTUR, NOV. 14. Three trains will be diverted via the New Guntur Railway Station at Reddipalem for which the Minister of State for Railways, R. Velu, laid the foundation on Sunday. In addition to the Chennai- Jammu Tawi and Chennai- Lucknow scheduled in the railway timetable, the Minister announced diversion of the Chennai-Kakinada Circar Express via this station at a public meeting here.

The Minister inaugurated the new reservation complex along with the remodelled station building and the extended sub-way that allows passengers access to all platforms from any side of the station.

MP's demand

The Guntur MP, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao's demand for a circular train connecting Tenali, Vijayawada and Guntur was turned down by the Minister, saying that it was possible only after the doubling of the Guntur-Krishna Canal and Guntur-Tenali sections. Mr. Velu said about Rs.1.5 crores was spent in one year in the Guntur Railway Division, while another Rs.1.1 crores worth of works were in progress.

Commenting on the number of demands put forth by the Guntur MP, Mr. Velu said if the Centre had to allocate funds for all of them, it would take at least another 15 years. All the sanctioned works would be completed in the next five years.

`Aesthetic stations'

For developing infrastructure, funds would be released separately in five years, he added. The UPA Government was committed to run the Railways without raising passenger fares and goods tariff for some time, he added. He was all praise for the South Central Railway General Manger, T. Stanley Babu, for aesthetically developing all stations in Andhra Pradesh.

The Minister for Finance, Konijeti Roshaiah, wanted the Guntur-Nadikudi section of the railway line to be doubled so that traffic from Chennai to Hyderabad could be diverted via this route.

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