Rail customers from Visakhapatnam area are in an upbeat temper on the profitable run of the 08577/78 Visakhapatnam – Yelahanka – Visakhapatnam Tatkal Particular practice. They took to Twitter to thank DRM Waltair, DRM SBC and different railway officers for his or her initiative.
Although the practice was jampacked, and a bit delayed because it was a particular practice and needed to give priority to the common ones, they appear to have no remorse. Krishna@Krish528, @UttamChakram and @13lrvamsi sought extra journeys and everlasting regularisation of the practice.
N. Gajapathi Rao, BJP State Council Member and a former ZRUCC Member of E Co R, in a letter to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, earlier this month, sought introduction of a direct practice between Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru. He recalled how the Prasanthi Specific, launched between Visakhapatnam and Yeswanatpur in 1998, was prolonged to Bhubaneswar from 2006, after which there isn’t any originating practice from Visakhapatnam to Bengaluru.
He famous that whereas smaller cities like Bhubaneswar, Tatanagar, Kakinanda and Machilipatnam have direct trains to Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam metropolis with a inhabitants of over 30 lakh, has no such facility.
Info obtained underneath the RTI reveals that 06580 Tatkal Weekly Particular from Visakhapatnam to Yeswantpur was an awesome success with the very best occupancy amongst weekly trains on this route. It had 143.54% occupancy throughout 2017-18 and 146.72% in 2018-19. The weekly particular practice was withdrawn in November 2018, regardless of the excessive demand for causes finest recognized to the railway authorities.
Mockingly, another weekly trains with comparatively decrease occupancy from Bhubaneswar and Puri, working on this route, are being continued.
Rail customers from the area are demanding introduction of an everyday bi-weekly specific from Vizag to Bengaluru. The practice ought to have a devoted rake and one journey ought to begin from Bengaluru on Friday evenings for the comfort of techies, returning to Vizag to spend the weekends.
The identical rake can return on Sunday night to succeed in Bengaluru on Monday morning. “Within the absence of direct trains, and lack of berth quota on by means of trains, many passengers from Vizag to Bengaluru are travelling to Samarlakota and boarding Seshadri Specific. Some go to Vijayawada and journey by bus to Bengaluru,” says Ravi, a frequent traveller.
In the meantime, the Railway Board has suggested the East Coast Railway (E Co R) to work out the feasibility to run a brand new practice between Bengaluru and Visakhapatnam, in keeping with RTI info obtained from the E Co R headquarters. Prepare no. 06580 Tatkal Weekly Particular practice had a median occupancy of over 140% throughout two consecutive monetary years. The earlier Railway Minister had even assured on the ground of Parliament that the practice can be revived. Rail customers marvel what extra ‘feasibility’ does the Railway Board need.