Hyderabad, May 28 : Minister of State for Railways Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy and Secunderabad MP M Anjan Kumar Yadav flagged off two new Trains viz., Train No. 12774/12773 Secunderabad-Shalimar (Kolkata) Air Conditioned Weekly Superfast Express and train No. 17615 / 17616 Kacheguda-Madurai Weekly Express here on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy said that the two new trains being introduced on Tuesday would fulfill the aspiration of the travelling public. Priority would be accorded for introduction of new trains on other routes where there is genuine passenger demand.
The Minister said that the safety in running of trains is the top priority areas for railways. He informed that up gradation of passenger amenities and modernization of Railway Stations would be expedited. This region has been getting large number of trains from successive railway budgets in the recent past. 23 new trains were announced in the 2013 railway budget and these will be commenced in a phased manner in this year. More than 400 summer special trains are also being run to clear extra rush. Lifts and Escalators are being provided at major Stations.
Surya Prakash Reddy also said that in order to ease out the pressure on Secunderabad Station and to avoid detention of trains short of signals, setting up of additional rail terminals will be considered.
Anjan Kumar Yadav lauded the efforts of South Central Railway for introducing many new trains as announced in the Railway Budgets. He urged SCR to commence the works related to World Class Stations at Secunderabad and Tirupati. He thanked Minister of State for Railways for his special efforts towards developing the rail infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh.
South Central Railway General Manager D P Pande welcomed the gathering and expounded various measures being taken by the SCR to improve the train services and provide amenities to the passengers.
Amberpet MLA G Kishan Reddy was present at Kacheguda Railway Station at the inaugural of Kacheguda-Madurai Weekly Express.
Later, Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy inspected the MMTS Stations on Secunderabad-Lingampalli by a special train and reviewed the working of MMTS services with SCR Divisional Railway Manager S K Misra and other senior railway officials. INN