Saturday, August 24, 2013

Visakhapatnam railway station sees heavy rush

VISAKHAPATNAM: With all the APSRTC buses going off the road over the three north seaboard districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam in the Seemandhra district since the midnight of August 12 on account of the strike call given by the RTC workers' unions, the town trains position is seeing an unprecedented hurry of travellers.

According to trains agents, almost 5.5 lakh journeylers opted to journey by trains from various parts of the town dropping under seven authorized ticket registration hubs of the Waltair partition of East Coast trains (ECoR) from August 1 to 20 this year.

trains agents anticipate the traveller traffic to go up to 8.5 lakh by this month end with profits of Rs 7.5 crore as against nearly 8 lakh passengers in August 2012 with earnings of Rs 7.1 crore. In the last 20 days, the partition garnered Rs 5 crore from passengers of the town alone. The town position has seen a huge rush of travellers as the RTC hit sent aspiring engineers rushing to other towns for Eamcet counselling as well as the rush due to the ongoing wedding ceremony time of the year.

During usual days, the Vizag railway position sees almost 18,000 to 20,000 embarking for various destinations on a daily cornerstone, but since the public street transport came to a complete stop, the traveller numbers have gone up to 25,000 to 27,000 per day in the direction of cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Tirupati and even Vijayawada and Rajahmundry. almost 80-85 teaches overtake through the city trains position to diverse destinations over the homeland.

Between August 20 to 22, the position saw unprecedented hurry on account of Eamcet rankers and parents trying to reach diverse destinations as the therapy could not take location in the centres in the town and neighbouring districts due to disputes.

Now with private coach operators also discovered to have expressed their enthusiasm to connect the Samaikyandhra disputes from Saturday by halting their services from Visakhapatnam to other destinations, the rush is all set to proceed up at the Vizag position.

Leaders of ASPRTC unions including nationwide Mazdoor amalgamation and RTC workers Union, have been appealing to the personal bus operators to connect the protest by closing down transport services. Though so far they did not heed their plea, sources on Friday said that the personal bus operators took a conclusion to proceed on hit from Saturday in support of joined Andhra Pradesh.

The NMU Vizianagaram zone secretary, PVV Mohan, said that almost 50 private coach services to long paths beyond Vijayawada would be halted with the hit call given by personal bus operators. affirming the hit by personal operators' from Saturday, AP Non Gazetted Officers' Association secretary for Visakhapatnam district unit, T Gopal Krishna, said that the personal bus operators would be joining the mix from Saturday. "Almost all public transport to various parts in the state will be stalled from Saturday," Gopal said.

A older railway authorized sharp out that the railway station would glimpse a huge hurry of passengers from Saturday with the hit of the personal coach operators. "We are designing to augment some significant teaches with additional coaches and furthermore restore some of the called off teaches towards Vizianagaram at the earliest," Anil Kumar, divisional trains manager of Waltair partition of ECoR, told TOI. "If required, we will converse to our equivalent at the South Central Railway at Secunderabad for added advisers or special trains for sake of the passengers," he added.

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