Not only is Vizag waiting for the establishment of executive capital of Andhra Pradesh, but also the setting up of newly carved South Coast Railway (SCoR) zone which has been relegated to back burner in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been almost two years since the announcement of new railway zone, SCoR, on February 27, 2019. An Officer on Special Duty (OSD) was appointed to chalk out planning and oversee preparatory work for the establishment of the new zone.
A senior officer in East Coast Railway said that a portion from the Odisha territory would be carved out to form a new railway zone and division. South Coast Railway (SCoR) will comprise existing Guntakal, Guntur and Vijayawada divisions. Waltair division will be split into two parts – one part will be incorporated in the new zone by merging with the neighbouring Vijayawada division, while the remaining portion will be converted into a new division with headquarters at Rayagada under East Coast Railway (ECoR).
Further, OSD has submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on creating the South Coast Railway (SCoR) to the Ministry of Railways and the Railway Board. Currently, studies concerning the zone are underway. The DPR suggested that the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Office (Waltair Division), at Vizag, can be used as a temporary Zonal Office.
Inside sources told to Hello Vizag that 52.22 acres of land, belonging to Railways at Mudasarlova, have been listed as the suitable sites in the report. The new zonal office will reportedly accommodate two conference halls, chambers for the General Manager, Assistant General Manager, a disaster management centre, a library, a canteen, and an auditorium. Divisional Railway Manager of Waltair Railway Division, Chetan Kumar Srivastava, said pandemic has obviously hit everything including the setting up of new railway zone. “The pandemic has thrown several challenges, be it transport of essential commodities or passengers. After things get normal, the works related to new railway zone may begin.”
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