The Center has made a key announcement on the establishment of Visakha Railway Zone. It concluded that it is not possible to establish a railway zone at Visakhapatnam. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla clarified this matter in a meeting. It is an understatement to say that the creation of a new zone is not profitable. He explained that the railway department would set up the zone without the need for any law if there is profit. He suggested that he would take this matter before the cabinet and take some decision. In 2019, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced that Visakhapatnam is being established as a railway zone. It is named as South Coastal Zone. Vijayawada, Guntur and Guntakallu divisions have been prepared by DPR to be under the new zone. Waltheru Division was merged into Vijayawada Division. Since then, the railway authorities are waiting for the next decision. At a time when everyone is waiting for this process to start soon, the railway board’s statement that the railway zone cannot be set up has dashed the hopes of the people of the state.
Meanwhile, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said earlier that after the separation of the state, everything has been prepared for the establishment of the South Coast Railway Zone as the center of Visakhapatnam. Funds are also ready for setting up the zone, he said. The railway minister replied to the question posed by YCP members Vijayasai Reddy. Vijayasai Reddy requested to speed up the establishment of South Coast Railway Zone which was declared as Visakha Central as part of the Andhra Pradesh Repartition Act. He said that there is no railway recruitment board in Andhra Pradesh state, so the job seekers have to go to Secunderabad in the neighboring state for the railway examinations.
On the other hand, it is known that the Railway Board has previously said that there is no specific time frame for the establishment of Visakha Railway Zone. It has been said that a special officer has already been appointed for the planning and advance operations regarding the establishment of the South Coastal Railway Zone and the operations are being conducted from the Visakha Railway Station. It has been revealed that the design of DPRs for the formation of South Coastal Railway Zone and Rayagada Division is still under study. It is noteworthy that it is said that the railway zone will be established from earlier and now it is not possible to establish a railway zone.
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