Hyderabad, July 12 (INN): Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off the newly introduced Vijayawada-Dharmavaram Tri-Weekly Express which commenced its maiden journey from Vijayawada via Remote Video Link from New Delhi on Tuesday.
Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology Y.S. Chowdary, Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mital and Other Railway Board officials were present on the occasion.
Simultaneously, a function was also held at Vijayawada Railway Station to flag off the new train in which South Central Railway General Manager Ravindra Gupta, Vijayawada Division Manager Ashok Kumar and other officials were present.
Addressing the gathering via video remote link, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Indian Railways was determined to play its role to perfection. Exuding confidence, the Railways Minister added that the commitments made during the last rail budget will surely be fulfilled. On the newly introduced Express Train Service, he stated that the introduction of the train, fulfils a long felt aspiration of the public in the State of Andhra Pradesh. The service will go a long way in meeting the needs of the rail users, offering convenient connectivity to the capital area of the state.
Y.S. Chowdary, in his brief address, complimented the Railways for taking concrete steps towards fulfilling the assurances made as also the aspirations of the public. The new train in Andhra Pradesh, will be of immense help to the rail users, he added.
Earlier, in his welcome address at Vijayawada, Ravindra Gupta stated that the Minister of Railways has taken initiative to introduce the new tri-weekly express train service between Vijayawada and Dharmavaram keeping in view the public aspirations and the importance of stronger rail connectivity in Andhra Pradesh. The newly introduced Vijayawada-Dharmavaram Express will act as a big boon to the people of the state, providing comfortable overnight train connectivity between Vijayawada, the gateway to capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amravati with several major towns, serving the districts of Krishna, Guntur, Prakasham, Kurnool and Anantapur. The new train service is bound to give a boost to the economic prosperity of the region, the General Manager added. Provision of the new technology LHB coaches for the train, will act to make the journeys more safe and comfortable, he opined.
Ashok Kumar presented the vote of thanks. (INN)