A file photo of railway station in Tirupati
A file photo of railway station in Tirupati


Tirupati: The long pending sixth platform works at Tirupati Railway station has begun at last. The preliminary works like diverting the main drainage at Rayalacheruvu Road were going on at a brisk pace. The sheds at railway reservation counter on the south side were removed. 

Highlights:

  • Main drainage at Rayalacheruvu Road diverted and sheds at reservation counter were removed   
  • SCR GM will inspect the works at Tirupati railway station today
South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager (GM) Vinod Kumar Yadav will inspect the works here on Wednesday. There is necessity to build the sixth platform as it involves so many other developmental works. The railway line has divided the city into two and now the city is growing rapidly on its south whereas all the important offices are located at north.  Also, as of now, all incoming trains are reaching Tirupati railway station beyond the schedule time due to non-availability of platforms.

With an average of 90 plus trains reaching Tirupati station daily, the existing five platforms are not at all sufficient. With the construction of sixth platform, the waiting time for the trains bound for the city will get reduced significantly. The people at south side finding it difficult to reach station by crossing the railway gates or they have to travel extra distance to come from under bridges. Once the south side is developed, it will reduce the heavy load on the north side. 

The railway authorities, therefore, are planning to provide a good circulating area, waiting halls, parking facilities, public amenities etc. on the south side. The issue with the TTD is settled now, and the GM during his visit on April 13 told The Hans India that, he is pursuing the matter and the works will start very soon. Accordingly, the process is going on and the GM will be inspecting all aspects involved in it during his visit on Wednesday. He will reach the Renigunta station in his special saloon attached to Padmavathi express on Wednesday morning. 

He will inspect Renigunta railway junction and the facilities available there. The GM will also visit Tiruchanur station where works are being undertaken at an estimated cost of Rs 6 crore. This station is also meant for reducing the passenger rush in Tirupati station. Similarly, he will visit the Tirupati west station where Integrated Overhauling Shed (IOH), pit lines etc have to be shifted from the existing place at south side. Guntakal Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Amithab Ozha and Divisional Commercial Manager Ch Rakesh reached Tirupati on Tuesday and reviewing the arrangements for the GM’s visit.

By V Pradeep Kumar