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Tenders floated for RUB at Rayala Cheruvu gate

Tenders floated for RUB at Rayala Cheruvu gate
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The dream of Tirupati people crossing the Rayala Cheruvu (RC) railway gate without any hassles will become a reality in the near future with all assurances given by railway authorities and Corporation officials have been turning into action one after another.

Tirupati: The dream of Tirupati people crossing the Rayala Cheruvu (RC) railway gate without any hassles will become a reality in the near future with all assurances given by railway authorities and Corporation officials have been turning into action one after another. Taking the task very seriously, the South Central Railway (SCR) General Manger (GM) Vinod Kumar Yadav and Guntakal DRM Vijay Pratap Singh continuously monitoring the issue to complete it quickly.

On Thursday, the GM held discussions with Tirupati MP V Varaprasad Rao, on various development works at Tirupati railway station and revealed that the tender process was already initiated for construction of Railway Under Bridge (RUB) and 104 level crossings including at Rayala Cheruvu gate.

They visited the proposed RUB site after their meeting and took stock of the situation. On several occasions, both railway and civic authorities have jointly inspected the Rayala Cheruvu railway gate and studied various issues involved in taking up the RUB works further. During last week also, the Corporation Commissioner, Guntakal ADRM and Tirupati Railway Station Director have made a joint inspection at the site.

Commissioner has agreed to complete the diversion works of main drainage much to the convenience of railway authorities facilitating them to go ahead with their plans. In all likelihood, the civil works will begin within the next two months and the gate will be closed completely and people will have to take alternate ways to move from one side to other. It was exactly one year that local MP V Varaprasad focussed his attention on the issue and took the proposals from railway officials to get them sanctioned from the Railway Minister.

The bridge became essential as the city was growing fast towards southern side as there was no scope to grow further at northern side. While all important offices were located at northern side, people have to cross the track daily for several times and it was estimated that more than 2.5 lakh vehicles pass through the gate on an average per day. Due to this, the gate has to be closed and opened for about 80 times a day which was irritating commuters, who have to wait for long time when the gate is closed.

Earlier, the MP even came forward to offer Rs 1 crore with Rs 50 lakh each to the RUBs at 104 and 105 level crossing gates. Though, there was no clarity yet on the state government’s share in the overall expenditure which has to be shared equally between railways and the state government that is Tirupati Municipal Corporation, railway authorities have decided to move ahead with their works. Later, Corporation has to provide approach road to the RUB and Commissioner Hari Kiran also showing keen interest in the works.

By V PRADEEPKUMAR

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