Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble Minister of Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region, Govt. of India flagged off Train No. 17216 Dharmavaram – Vijayawada Express extended upto Machilipatnam in a function held at Vijayawada Railway Station today i.e., 14th February, 2023 in the august presence of Shri Vallabbhaneni Balashowry, Hon’ble MP, Machilipatnam; Smt. R. Bhagya Lakshmi, Hon’ble Mayor, Vijayawada and Shri Somu Veer Raju, BJP President, AP State. Shri Shivendra Mohan, Divisional Railway Manager, Vijayawada Division and other Senior Railway Officials from Division were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri G. Kishan Reddy stated that Railways plays a key role in the development of the Nation. In addition to being a major public and goods transporter, Railways also plays an important role in growth of Agricultural and Manufacturing sectors in Railway vicinities, he said. The Hon’ble Minister stated that under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister the Indian Railways is focusing on providing the best Railway services with modern technology to every citizen of India. In this regard, the Dharmavaram – Vijayawada Express has been extended upto Machilipatnam and inducted with new LHB coaches, which will provide comfortable travel experience with modern amenities to the passengers, he added. He also stated that apart from Machilipatnam, the train will stop at Gudivada, Gudlavalleru and Pedana stations, which provides additional travel facility to the people of these regions.
Further, the Hon’ble Union Minister stated the extension of the train service to Machilipatnam also serves as the direct train facility to the rail passengers travelling from Rayalaseema region. For passengers travelling from Tadipatri, Kondapuram, Yerraguntla, Proddatur, Koilakuntla, Jammalamadugu and Banaganapalle, this is the first train providing direct connectivity to Machilipatnam, he added. Shri G. Kishan Reddy thanked the Central government for the record allocation of Rs. 8406 Crore to the State of Andhra Pradesh in the 2023-24 Budget and introducing Vande Bharat Express between Secunderabad and Visakhapatnam on the eve of Sankranthi for the people of twin Telugu States. He said the Railways is undergoing massive transformation, capacity augmentation, infrastructural upgradation and technological advancements during the current phase to catch up with passenger demands and aspirations.
Shri G. Kishan Reddy informed Vijayawada Railway station will be redeveloped with airport like facilities. In this regard, the Detailed Project Report is under progress and tenders will be issued soon after, he said. He also informed that Tirupati and Nellore Railway station redevelopment works are under fast progress.
Shri Vallabbhaneni Balashowry, Hon’ble MP thanked the Railways for extending the Dharmaravaram – Vijayawada Express train upto Machilipatnam. He also appreciated the Railways for introducing the Vande Bharat trains which are providing fast, comfortable and safe journey to passengers. Earlier, Shri Shivendra Mohan, DRM, Vijayawada presented the welcome address to the gathering and gave a brief on Divisional performance and achievements.