Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu flagging of Vijayawada-Dharmavaram train from Vijayawada Railway Station on Tuesday. Also seen Union Minister of State for IT and Communications Manoj Sinha and Minister for IT and Communications Palle Raghunatha Reddy
Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu flagging of Vijayawada-Dharmavaram train from Vijayawada Railway Station on Tuesday. Also seen Union Minister of State for IT and Communications Manoj Sinha and Minister for IT and Communications Palle Raghunatha Reddy

Vijayawada: Bringing cheer to the people of Andhra Pradesh, the newly introduced Vijayawada- Dharmavaram Tri-Weekly Express commenced its maiden journey from Vijayawada via remote video link from New Delhi on Tuesday. Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu accompanied by ministers flagged off the train. 

The train will act as a big boon to the people of the state, providing comfortable overnight train connectivity between Vijayawada, the gateway to capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati with several major towns, serving the districts of Krishna, Guntur, Prakasham, Kurnool and Anantapur.

On the newly-introduced Express Train Service, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu stated that the introduction of the train fulfills a long-felt aspiration of the public in Andhra Pradesh. The service would go a long way in meeting the needs of the rail users, offering convenient connectivity to the capital region.

Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, SCR said that new train service was bound to give a boost to the economic prosperity of the region, and the provision of the new technology LHB coaches for the train, would act to make the journeys more safe and comfortable.

Minister State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Y S Chowdary complimented the Railways for taking concrete steps towards fulfilling the assurances made as also the aspirations of the public. The new train in Andhra Pradesh, would be of immense help to the rail users, he added. Ashok Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager, Vijayawada Division, SCR presented the vote of thanks. 

The regular train services of the new train will commence from 16th July, 2016 Ex.Vijayawada and from 17th July, 2016 Ex.Dharmavaram as per the following schedule: Train No. 17215 Vijayawada-Dharmavaram Tri-Weekly Express will depart Vijayawada at23:10 hrs on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, arrive/ depart Guntur at 23:50/23:55 hrs and arrive Dharmavaram at 10:45 hrs on the next day.

In the return direction, Train No. 17216 Dharmavaram-Vijayawada Tri-Weekly Express will depart Dharmavaram at 17:50 hrs on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, arrive/ depart Guntur at 05:35/ 05:40 hrs and arrives at Vijayawada at 06:50 hrs on the next day.

Enroute these trains will stop at Narasaraopet, Vinukonda, Markapur Road, Giddalur, Nandyal, Dhone, Gooty and Anantapur stations in both directions. These trains will have 11 Coaches viz., one AC II Tier, two AC III Tier, six Sleeper Class coaches and two Power Car coaches.

Simultaneously, a function was also held at Vijayawada Railway Station to flag off the new train in which Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, SCR, Ashok Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager, Vijayawada Division and other officials were present.

At Vijayawada, the virtual launch was received by a host group, including AP Agriculture Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao, BC Welfare Minister Kollu Ravindra, Mayor of Vijayawada Koneru Sridhar, and MP Kesineni Srinivas.