A view of Platform No 8 at Visakhapatnam Railway station on Gnanapuram side where new platforms are coming up shortly
Two additional platforms coming up under Railway Station Development Project
Visakhapatnam: As a part of Railway Station Development Project introduced by the Indian Railways, the Visakhapatnam Railway Station will be upgraded with two additional platforms coming up on the Gnanapuram side for which action plan is in progress.
The private agencies which came forward to take up the unique project of Railway Station Development under Public-Private-Participation (PPP) mode were already given a detailed report about various amenities needed in the station along with two additional platforms by the local authorities. With the two new platforms, the local railway station is getting a new look.
Presently, the upward or downward trains coming to Visakhapatnam station shall have to return on the same route up to some distance and so other trains scheduled to arrive into the station were being stranded at the outer until the platforms are vacated. It might be half an hour or even one hour and the passengers are vexed at times for the unnecessary delay at the outer and with this many other trains are also getting delayed. The proposed two additional platforms at Gnanapuram side will resolve the chronic problem of late running of trains.
Presently, the railway station has platform No.8 on the Gnanapuram side where railway buildings, compound wall and parcel office were located and it was learnt that the new two platforms will be coming up in that particular area.According to information available, as many as 111 trains pass through Visakhapatnam daily and nearly 25,000 to 50,000 passengers travel per day.
Particularly trains pass through Visakha station between 5 am to 8 am, 12 noon to 2 pm and again from 6 pm to 9pm are running late with the lack of vacant platforms and also with the faulty technical design of the track. Estimating that the passenger traffic might be over 80,000 a day in another 10 or 15 years, the authorities have chalked out an effective action plan for utilising the unique project of Railway Station Development. Many passengers hailed the proposals of the local railway authorities for additional platforms and wanted them to focus on passenger amenities too.