Vishakhapatanam: As the Ministry of Railways declares that it will create a new zone, South Coast Railway (SCoR), with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters, officials are struggling to lay the ground for the establishment of the headquarters.
The railroads discussed three sites: 20 acres at Wireless Colony, adjacent to the DRM office at Dondaparty; the cart workshop exists at Vadlapudi and Mudasarlova, among the green hills.
Railways are interested in Mudasarlova because it is free from pollution, is located along the BRTS road and is close to the sea and the national road. Obtaining land documents from the GVMC proves to be a daunting task.
“The GVMC has yet to clear the land despite an agreement signed in 2016 to transfer the 27 acres of land from the railways for GVMC projects in the past. We donated the land but the GVMC did not not officially transferred the 52.22 acres of land as per the agreement,” a rail source said. Deccan Chronicle.
After receiving the formal letter of agreement from the GVMC, railway officials traveled to Mudasarlova several times to stake out the land but encountered difficulty in identifying the site. Residents objected to the visit by railway officials, saying they were the real owners of the land, sources said.
The railways then knocked on the doors of the high authorities of the GVMC and the ministers of the PA but could not obtain a satisfactory answer. There has been no progress on the matter so far, the rail sources added.
When contacted, a senior railway official said: “We are disappointed with the way GVMC has responded to our repeated calls for the transfer of Mudasarlova land. We will start working on finalizing the a site in Mudasarlova for the SCoR HQ office soon after the GVMC clears the land.”
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw recently declared that the SCoR zone is inevitable and has been officially approved by the Centre. The BJP government announced this in 2019. So far, Rs 170 crore has been allocated for the establishment of the SCoR in the Union Budget 2020-21.