Gross injustice - Proposal to extend Godavari express and Garib Rath trains to Bhubaneswar from Visakhapatnam sign now

This is in response to an article published in The Times of India, Hyderabad Edition on February 1st, 2009 that the Railway Board has approved extending the Godavari Express (which currently runs from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam) and the Garib Rath Express (which has been introduced just 3 months ago and runs from Secunderabad to Visakhapatnam 4 days a week) to Bhubaneswar.
This is gross injustice to the people of Visakhapatnam; the Godavari express has the pride of the people of Andhra Pradesh for several decades and is possibly one of the best maintained trains in India. It is the main train between Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad and is so much in demand (Check the Waiting List on this train on any day and you will see the demand it has - probably one of the highest in India). The train passes through the heart of Coastal Andhra Pradesh and has important quotas and halts at several towns like Anakapalle, Tuni, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Vijayawada, Khammam, Warangal etc. It is really the life line of coastal Andhra Pradesh and it is really unjust to extend this train to Bhubaneswar. It may be pointed out that just last year, the Secunderabad - Visakhapatnam - Palasa Visakha Express has also been extended to Bhubaneswar (a train which is named after Visakhapatnam!!!) and other trains that were originally run from Vizag - Prashanti Express from Visakhapatnam to Bangalore and the weekly once from Chennai to Visakhapatnam (There has been a demand for a daily train from Vizag to Chennai for decades and we were finally given a weekly once and now even that has been extended) have also been extended in the recent past to Bhubaneswar quite unfairly.

The first fault on the part of the railways is to locate the head quarters of the East Coast Railway at Bhubaneswar, inspite of the Waltair Railway Division being the highest revenue earner because of being a very major port with many large scale industries like the Steel Plant, HPCL, Coromandel Fertilizer, Hindustan Zinc, BHEL (former BHPV) being around.

The second fault is the favoritism being shown to Bhubaneswar in extending all the important trains from Vizag. This is really a gross injustice to the 30 lakh plus residents of Vizag and the entire coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Vizag Railway Station has always been neglected and is ironically the first station in the East Coast Railway. Infact, the next station after Vizag near the steel plant, Duvvada is part of the South Central Railway. The SCR has expressed willingness to introduce new trains exclusively from Duvvada to Hyderabad to get rid of the East Coast Railway menace.

It might actually make sense to close the Vizag Railway Station if this proposal is implemented and leave the poor Vizag citizens to suffer.

The number of Volvo buses which ply from Vizag to Hyderabad is a big indicator of the demand for the travel between these 2 cities and the Railways' failure to meet the minimum requirement of fellow countrymen from this area. It is indeed almost next to impossible to get a train ticket from Vizag to Hyderabad any time of the year and the Railways just wants to compound this misery even further.

We petition the Railway Minister to immediately withdraw the proposal of extending the Godavari and Garib Rath trains and give back Vizag's lifeline.If at all you can do anything good for us, please add more trains which run exclusively from Vizag to Hyderabad.

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  • 19 December 2015100. Pvsvamsi K
    I support this petition
  • 18 September 201599. Sriram Forbes
    City vizag don't extend godavari and garib rath
  • 10 September 201598. Rahul T
    City hyderabad I strongly appeal to the railway minister to consider my petition in this regard.
  • 28 August 201597. Siva Girinarasimhanaidup
    City Vizag We are not able to get reservation when its from vizag to hyd... how come you think that it will not become a problem when it is set from orissa... i dont think its not a good idea..
  • 12 August 201596. Sireesha S
    I support this petition
  • 07 August 201595. Nagesh B
    City Hyderabad+Visakhapatnam I regularly commute between Hyd and VSKP. The number of trains is limited and now it only going to add pain to vizagites
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  • 04 April 201591. Sunil A
    City Hyderabad Please do not extend these trains - this is gross injustice to the people of Vizag and Andhra Pradesh and discrimination against us.
  • 23 March 201590. Surya Sridhara
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  • 01 March 201589. Sambhavi Blankenship
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  • 11 November 201485. Ambika Guerra
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  • 13 October 201484. Srikar M
    Please do justice
  • 16 September 201483. Divya V
    City Hyderabad please dont extend it to bhuvaneshwar
  • 10 August 201482. Ramesh K
    I support this petition
  • 06 July 201481. Ranjana V
    City Raipur There are so many places that need proper connectivity and bhuwaneshwar is being irrationally favoured. With the demand for travel between Vizag and Hyd being very high, this extension is not justified.
  • 03 July 201480. Pn K
    City Vizag Why not all trains starting from Vizag be extended to Bhubaneshwar and condemn Vizag station. I think this will please the Honourable Rail Minister and the people of Orissa
  • 11 June 201479. Nutan Bonilla
    I support this petition
  • 18 May 201478. Pavani Lawrence
    City Hyderabad Please do NOT extend the Godavari express till Bhuvaneawar
  • 08 May 201477. Bunty Holloway
    City visakhapatnam please don't extend trains to orrisa.......
  • 27 April 201476. Surya Gregory
    City Hyderabad please withraw the decision of extending the godavari express route to bubhaneswar.
  • 24 April 201475. Manasa P
    I support this petition
  • 17 March 201474. Srikanth Sims
    City Visakhapatnam I request the authorities to allow atleast GODAVARI to retain its auora and not allow tht sheen to be lost.. we have seen the sorry state of the trains which have been extended until Bhubaneshwar...I hope those concerned understand the

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