Vijayawada: Railway officials have initiated plans to upgrade Gunadala railway station to a circular station (alternative station for Vijayaw-ada main station) on the lines of Chennai Egmore station by March-next.
The railway and municipal corporation officials ha-ve jointly conducted a survey and recommended that the existing approach road from Gunadala to Nunna be extended to 120 feet.
The municipal authorities have already started work at three bridges centre at Gunadala. They exp-ect that the upgradation of Gunadala station will give a much needed relief for Vijayawada railway stati-on from heavy rail traffic.
Vijayawada railway junction is the second busiest railway junction in India after Mumbai Central Terminal, with nearly 250 express and 150 goods trains passing through it with a passenger traffic of 1.40-lakh everyday. Officials face a tough task in allotting platforms to the trains visiting the station.
Several passenger trains halt for at least 15 to 30 minutes at the outer signal for clearance, subjecting pass-engers to bitter experience, especially during nights. Keeping this in mind, officials have decided to divert some trains to Gunadala circular railway station.
As per the new plan, trains bound for Hyde-rabad, Visakhapatnam and Howrah will be operated from Gunadala station instead of Vijayawada.
Presently, engines for Howrah-Hyderabad trains are changed at the main station in return journey. Also, trains which have no halt are forced to stop at Vijayawada for refilling water and cleaning toilets.
Similarly, goods trains ta ke more time to cross the station. Officials have decided to divert all these trains to Gundala station. A railway official said that the circular station would be ready by March 2014.