Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu wrote to the Centre seeking speedy action on establishing the railway zone in Visakhapatnam. Naidu appealed that the promise is fulfilled in accordance with the provisions of the State Reorganisation Act, 2014.
“Keeping in view the State Reorganisation Act-2014, I had already requested expedite the action required for formation of new railway zone in the successor state of Andhra Pradesh at Visakhapatnam bringing the four divisions Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, and Guntakal under the purview of Visakhapatnam zone,” the AP CM wrote in his letter.
It may be noted that a committee was formed with senior railway officials to examine the aspects involved in the establishment of the railway zone.
“The committee has also been asked to consult various stakeholders, including Members of Parliament, State Governments, etc. The committee after deliberation has submitted its report and in view of the complexities involved the issue is under further detailed examination,” Naidu said.
Earlier, several BJP leaders from the state had met Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and requested him to announce the new railway zone in Andhra Pradesh with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters.
With Prime Minister slated to visit Visakhapatnam on 1 March, speculations are rife that a green signal will be given to the much-awaited zone in the region.