Railways minister Piyush Goyal has said that the Detailed Project Report (DPR) regarding creation of South Coast Railway Zone with Vizag as its headquarters is under examination by the Railway Board and no timeframe could be fixed to bring the new railway zone under operation.
Though the BJP-led Union government had fulfilled the long pending demand to have a separate railway zone with Vizag as its headquarters delinking Waltair Division with its headquarters in Odisha, yet the newly created South Coast Railway Zone had not seen the light of the day, triggering concern among the people of the north Andhra region.
In a written reply to the BJP Rajya Sabha member, GVL Narasimha Rao, the railways minister said “An Officer on Special Duty/South Coast Railway (OSD/SCoR) was posted at Visakhapatnam to undertake planning and preparatory work for formation of the new zone.
He has submitted the DPR for setting up of the new SCoR Zone, which is currently under examination in the Railway Board. In the meantime, an umbrella work titled “Creation of new South Coast Railway Zone and new Rayagada Division in East Coast Railway” has been included in Budget 2020-21 under capital expenditure at an estimated cost of Rs 170 cr. He further said that as the DPR is still under examination, no time-frame could be fixed for operationalisation of the new zone.”
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