Vijayawada railway station to get a new facelift

One of the busiest railway stations on the eastern coast of India, Vijayawada railway station handling 196 trains every day will get a major facelift with an investment of Rs.3 crore.

The new-look fa├žade of the station will get a major makeover giving it new look and as part of that a new portico has been constructed and the remaining works would be taken up in course of time and by year-end the works were likely to be completed.

Vijayawada Railway Divisional Manager Anurag told The Hindu that one-third of the proposed works had been completed and that monsoon had stalled the works on circulating area in front of the station building as civil works had to be completed in the area where railway quarters were demolished to engineer better traffic flow.

The heavy vehicular traffic would now be allowed from One-Town area to Bandar Road side – mainly city buses and a large bus shelter has been created along the boundary wall of the Railway Stadium. The smaller vehicles would, however, continue to have a two-way access to the main platform of the Station.

Some of the new additions like premium parking, better passage for pedestrians, a parking lot for both taxis and auto rickshaws would be the new attractions when works get completed, he explained. The Vijayawada station would be ultimately equipped with five lifts, but the manufacturer was unable to supply the required numbers in time, which was delaying the development.

The Western entry to Vijayawada Railway station on platform No.10 needs a drive-in approach for the vehicle users to come close to the platform and get down, but sufficient space was not available in the municipal road abutting the station, he observed. One lift has been installed on Chirala platform, while Tenali platform would get by first week of April, he said and Kakinada station had been sanctioned two lifts and works were about to begin.
Courtesy - Hindu