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KPD/Katpadi Junction (5 PFs)
காட்பாடி சந்திப்பு     काट्पाडी जंक्शन
[Vellore]

Track: Double Electric-Line

Type of Station: Junction
Number of Platforms: 5
Number of Halting Trains: 222
Number of Originating Trains: 7
Number of Terminating Trains: 7
Junction Point AJJ/PAK/VM/JTJ Ph No: 0416-2642628, NH-234, Chittor Hi-Road, Katpadi, Vellore 632007
State: Tamil Nadu
Elevation: 215 m above sea level
Zone: SR/Southern
Division: Chennai
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Dec 24 2016 (12:20)  Humsafar Express train passing through Chennai to be flagged off on Dec 25 (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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News Entry# 289524     
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Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Katpadi Junction/KPD added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Perambur/PER added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Vijayawada Junction/BZA added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Duvvada/DVD added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Vizianagaram Junction/VZM added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Brahmapur/BAM added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Khurda Road Junction/KUR added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Bhubaneswar/BBS added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Cuttack Junction/CTC added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Bhadrak/BHC added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Kharagpur Junction/KGP added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Howrah Junction/HWH added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Rampurhat/RPH added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: Malda Town/MLDT added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: KishanGanj/KNE added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: New Jalpaiguri Junction/NJP added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Station Tag: New Bongaigaon Junction/NBQ added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Train Tag: Bengaluru Cantt. - Kamakhya Humsafar Express/12503 added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Dec 24 2016 (12:25PM)
Train Tag: Kamakhya - Bengaluru Cantt. Humsafar Express (Weekly)/12504 added by ßαηεяנεε™^~/665304

Posted by: Banerjee™^~  281 news posts
Hamsafar weekly express trains will run via Perambur in Chennai and Katpadi.
The inaugural special train will leave Kamakhya at 12.15pm on December 25. It will leave Perambur at 10:20am on December 27 and reach Bangalore Cantonment at 5pm on the same day.
It will stop at New Bongaigaon, New Jalpaiguri, Kishanganj, Malda Town, Rampur Hat, Howrah, Kharagpur, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road, Brahmapur, Vizianagaram, Duvvada, Vijayawada, Perambur, Katpadi and Whitefield.
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regular service of Train No 12504 / 12503 Kamakhya - Bangalore Cantonment - Kamakhya Hamsafar weekly express trains will begin from Bangalore Cantonment on December 30, 2016.
The train will have 13 AC-3 tier coaches. The facilities would include CCTV cameras, fire and smoke detection systems and tea-coffee vending machines, officials said.
Southern Railway will get two more Humsafar Express trains -- Chennai-Ahmedabad and Tiruchirapalli- Sriganganagar trains.
Dec 03 2016 (08:29)  Yesvantpur - Vizag train has to run daily (www.eenadu.net)
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News Entry# 287514   Blog Entry# 2078894     
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Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Visakhapatnam Junction/VSKP added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Duvvada/DVD added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Anakapalle/AKP added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Samalkot Junction/SLO added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Kakinada Town Junction/CCT added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Rajahmundry/RJY added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Vijayawada Junction/BZA added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Ongole/OGL added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Nellore/NLR added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Renigunta Junction/RU added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Katpadi Junction/KPD added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Jolarpettai Junction/JTJ added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Whitefield/WFD added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Banaswadi/BAND added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: Krishnarajapuram/KJM added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:32AM)
Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:29AM)
Station Tag: Yesvantpur Junction/YPR added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:29AM)
Station Tag: Yesvantpur Junction/YPR added by WAP7/1472033

Dec 03 2016 (8:29AM)
Train Tag: Yesvantpur - Visakhapatnam SpecialFare Special/06579 added by WAP7/1472033

Posted by: WAP7  11 news posts
ఈనాడు-అమరావతి:బెంగళూరు(యశ్వంత్‌పూర్‌)- విశాఖపట్నం మధ్య రెండు నెలల కిందట ప్రవేశపెట్టిన వీక్లీ ఎక్స్‌ప్రెస్‌ను రోజువారీ రైలుగా మార్చాలని కేంద్ర పట్టణాభివృద్ధి శాఖ మంత్రి ఎం.వెంకయ్యనాయుడు కోరారు. ఈ మేరకు రైల్వే మంత్రి సురేష్‌ప్రభుకు లేఖ రాశారు. దీనిపై రైల్వేబోర్డు, నైరుతి (సౌత్‌వెస్ట్రర్న్‌ జోన్‌) రైల్వే అధికారులు వెనువెంటనే స్పందించారు. బెంగళూరు నుంచి విశాఖపట్నం వరకు నడుపుతున్న వీక్లీ (స్పెషల్‌) ఎక్స్‌ప్రెస్‌ రైలుకు ప్రయాణికుల రద్దీ ఎక్కువగా ఉందని, దీని రెగ్యులర్‌ కోసం రైల్వే బోర్డుకు సిఫారసు చేయాలని కర్ణాటకలోని హుబ్బళ్లి కేంద్రంగా ఉన్న నైరుతి రైల్వేజోన్‌ నిర్ణయించింది. ఈ మేరకు బోర్డుకు సోమవారం నివేదించినట్లు విశ్వసనీయంగా తెలిసింది. ఈ ప్రత్యేక రైలు విషయంలో మొదటినుంచి ఆటంకాలు కల్పిస్తున్న ఈస్ట్‌కోస్ట్‌ రైల్వేజోన్‌.. విశాఖ నుంచి తిరుగు ప్రయాణంలో డైనమిక్‌ ఛార్జీలతో ప్రయాణికులపై భారం మోపుతోంది. విశాఖ నుంచి బెంగళూరుకు నిత్యం నాలుగు విమానాలు ఉండటం, ఇదే సమయంలో రైలు ప్రయాణికుల సమస్యలను గుర్తించిన వెంకయ్య బెంగళూరు-విశాఖ ప్రత్యేక రైలుపై స్పందించి ప్రతిరోజూ నడపాలని సురేష్‌ప్రభుకు లేఖ రాశారు.

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Dec 04 2016 (09:19)
AAA   353 blog posts
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Yes ..he is in touch with him even now

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Dec 04 2016 (09:24)
B S Reddy~   118 blog posts
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aadu pradyule gaani.. nuv evado seppa anna;)

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Dec 04 2016 (13:58)
Cheese Minister of India   522 blog posts   140 correct pred (93% accurate)
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Is he still around here? What is his name?

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Dec 04 2016 (13:58)
Cheese Minister of India   522 blog posts   140 correct pred (93% accurate)
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??

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Dec 04 2016 (16:05)
B S Reddy~   118 blog posts
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?? nee tatangam chustante chandragiri musgulo kailasagiri bhajana chestandave

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Dec 04 2016 (16:41)
Cheese Minister of India   522 blog posts   140 correct pred (93% accurate)
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Na screen name artham ayi unte, ee question Adagavu 😝
Nov 05 2016 (10:30)  One Train Two Charges (www.eenadu.net)
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News Entry# 284848   Blog Entry# 2048879     
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Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Visakhapatnam Junction/VSKP added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Duvvada/DVD added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Anakapalle/AKP added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Kakinada Town Junction/CCT added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Rajahmundry/RJY added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Vijayawada Junction/BZA added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Ongole/OGL added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Nellore/NLR added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Gudur Junction/GDR added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Renigunta Junction/RU added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Tirupati Main/TPTY added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Katpadi Junction/KPD added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Jolarpettai Junction/JTJ added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Krishnarajapuram/KJM added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Station Tag: Yesvantpur Junction/YPR added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Train Tag: Visakhapatnam - Yesvantpur Suvidha Special/82664 added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Train Tag: Vishakapatnam - Yesvantpur Tatkal Fare Special/06580 added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Nov 05 2016 (10:33AM)
Train Tag: Yesvantpur - Visakhapatnam Tatkal Fare Special/06579 added by Mangalagiri/1364691

Posted by: Mangalagiri  7 news posts
ఈనాడు - అమరావతి: వారానికి ఒకసారి నడిచే బెంగళూరు-విశాఖపట్నం ఎక్స్‌ప్రెస్‌ పట్టాలు ఎక్కినా ప్రయాణికులకు మరో సమస్య వచ్చి పడింది. దేశంలో ఎక్కడా లేనివిధంగా ఈ రైలుకు రెండురకాల ఛార్జీల విధానం అమల్లోకి వచ్చింది. బెంగళూరు నుంచి విశాఖపట్నం వరకు తత్కాల్‌ ఛార్జీలు వసూలు చేస్తుండగా.. విశాఖపట్నం నుంచి బెంగళూరుకు డైనమిక్‌ (సువిధ రైలు)ఛార్జీలు అమల్లోకి వచ్చాయి. దీంతో తిరుగుప్రయాణంలో ప్రయాణికులు రెట్టింపు ఛార్జీలు చెల్లించాల్సి వస్తోంది. ఈ రైలును నడిపే విషయంలో తొలి నుంచి పేచీ పెడుతూ వచ్చిన తూర్పుకోస్తా (ఈస్ట్‌కోస్ట్‌) రైల్వే జోన్‌ ఆఖరి నిమిషంలో వెనక్కి తగ్గినట్టేతగ్గి ప్రయాణికులపై భారం మోపింది.
బెంగళూరు-విశాఖపట్నంల మధ్య రద్దీని దృష్టిలో పెట్టుకుని నైరుతి రైల్వే(సౌత్‌వెస్ట్రర్న్‌) చొరవ తీసుకుని వీక్లీ(వారానికి ఒక రోజు) ప్రత్యేక రైలు ప్రవేశపెట్టింది. రెండు, మూడునెలల తిరిగాక ప్రయాణికుల నుంచి డిమాండ్‌ను వివరిస్తూ రెగ్యులర్‌ రైలుగా బోర్డుకు ప్రతిపాదించాలని అనుకుంది. ప్రస్తుతానికి ఈ రైల్లో తత్కాల్‌ ఛార్జీలు వసూలు చేయాలని నిర్ణయించింది. ఇదే విషయాన్ని ఈ రైలు ప్రయాణించే మార్గంలోని ఇతర జోన్లకూ సమాచారం పంపింది. రెగ్యులర్‌ రైళ్ల కంటే తత్కాల్‌ రైల్వే ఛార్జీ విశాఖ వరకు
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స్లీపర్‌క్లాస్‌లో రూ. 110 అధికంగా ఉంటుంది. ఈ రైలు తిరుగుప్రయాణం మొదలయ్యే విశాఖపట్నం ఈస్ట్‌కోస్ట్‌ జోన్‌లో ఉంది. అక్కడి అధికారులు మాత్రం సువిధరైలుగా సాఫ్ట్‌వేర్‌లో నమోదుచేయించారు. దీంతో సమస్యగా మారింది.
ఛార్జీల్లో ఎంత తేడా?
సువిధ రైళ్లలో విమాన టికెట్ల తరహాలో ఛార్జీలుంటాయి. టికెట్లు అయిపోయేకొద్ది ఛార్జీ పెరుగుతూ పోతుంటుంది. మొదటి తీసుకున్నవారికంటే ఆ తర్వాత, చివర్లో తీసుకున్నవారు 50 శాతం నుంచి 200 శాతం వరకు అదనంగా చెల్లించాల్సి ఉంటుంది. ఈ రైలుకు ఆదరణ లేదన్న అభిప్రాయం కల్పించడానికే తూర్పుకోస్తా జోన్‌ సువిధ రైలుగా మార్పించిందన్న ఆరోపణలు వ్యక్తం అవుతున్నాయి.
బెంగళూరు(యశ్వంత్‌పూర్‌)-విశాఖపట్నం ఎక్స్‌ప్రెస్‌ రెండువైపులా ఛార్జీల్ని పరిశీలిస్తే..
* బెంగళూరు నుంచి విశాఖకు స్లీపర్‌ క్లాస్‌ ఛార్జీ రూ. 625.
* ఇదే రైలు విశాఖ నుంచి బెంగళూరుకు స్లీపర్‌ టికెట్‌ రూ. 1,865.
* థర్డ్‌ఏసీలో విశాఖకు రూ. 1,685.
* విశాఖ నుంచి బెంగళూరుకు ఇదే రైల్లో రూ. 3,405.

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Nov 05 2016 (10:50)
Mangalagiri   335 blog posts
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ECoR is fooling AP people ..
TPTY-VSKP is 08574 (Tatkal Spl)
VSKP-TPTY is 82851 (Suvidha)

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Nov 05 2016 (12:33)
DD DISLODGED BBSKJM SLOT   6154 blog posts
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82853 VSKP-VM Suvidha
08354 VM-VSKP spl Fare
Ecor is always different w.r.t VSKP.

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Nov 05 2016 (12:33)
SRG*^~   35314 blog posts   159912 correct pred (76% accurate)
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Although the adopting suvidha mode is bad, this concept isn't new having different fares either side as reported in the article.

Nov 05 2016 (12:35)
SRG*^~   35314 blog posts   159912 correct pred (76% accurate)
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Adi aakardaaka laagi pettadu chachinattu ekkutaaru ani....Kiri kiri pettakunda undadu ga.

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Nov 05 2016 (13:11)
Boxer Bhai   38476 blog posts   12677 correct pred (61% accurate)
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Telugu prajalakosam ecor chesina tyaganiki edena falitam😁😅 ? Vskp kosam one side tatkal fare pedite enduku tidutunaruvandaru😤😬, bbs kjm, sbp ypr both suvidha ne both sides mari deniki ok na, edi anyamm nenu opkonu 😯😇

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Nov 05 2016 (13:14)
SRG*^~   35314 blog posts   159912 correct pred (76% accurate)
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Anta sesindi , dagaraundi cheyinchindi nuvvenamaata dorikipoyavu donga...

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Nov 05 2016 (13:16)
Boxer Bhai   38476 blog posts   12677 correct pred (61% accurate)
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Haha endo me abimanam

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Nov 05 2016 (15:14)
MJ*^   8597 blog posts   11578 correct pred (68% accurate)
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Spl tatkal fare premium suvidha peruto janal jebulaku kosivesi dopidi chestu ila lootu chana darunam
Samanya exp chargi petti janalaku susaukaryam kalipite ide enta chaukuga untundi

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Nov 05 2016 (15:22)
SRG*^~   35314 blog posts   159912 correct pred (76% accurate)
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Normal exp fare pettaru annai ippudu...Spls nadichevi anni minimum tatkal fare toh untayi, antuke spl fare spl ani perlu untayi :)

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Nov 05 2016 (16:16)
pslkumar   325 blog posts
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MPs need to take this matter up with RM
Nov 01 2016 (08:36)  Welcome initiative by SWR (www.thehindu.com)
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Nov 01 2016 (8:36AM)
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Posted by: AAA  5 news posts
Thanks to the South Western Railway (SWR), the long-pending demand for introduction of an originating train from Vizag to Bengaluru was realised with the launch of the 06579 Yesvantapur-Visakhapatnam weekly special Tatkal express.
Though the East Coast Railway (ECoR) had failed to introduce a direct train to cater to the high demand for berths from Vizag to Bengaluru, it had taken over the special train, launched by the SWR in the past. After running it for sometime, it gave the most inconvenient timings, converted it into a Suvidha special with dynamic fare and finally did not renew it.
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software engineer from Bengaluru, Venky, says how popular the special Tatkal express is. “I had booked a bus ticket for Rs.2,500 to travel to Vizag for Deepavali and after seeing on Twitter that SWR was running a Tatkal Special, I cancelled my bus ticket and booked my ticket in the special train. By the time, I completed booking my ticket the availability position came down from 378 to 77 in just half-an-hour.”
“The train was delayed at the starting point itself in view of the late intimation to passengers. All the coaches were jam-packed within four hours after announcement of the train. The timings are very convenient not only to the people of Visakhapatnam but also to those from cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh.”
“During the course of interaction with fellow passengers, I came to know that many had cancelled their bus tickets and were travelling by this train. They all wanted that this train should be made a regular train. The next afternoon around 3.30 p.m., train reached Duvvada, from where the jurisdiction of ECoR starts.
“As SWR took up the mantle of the demands from Vizag, ECoR stopped this train several times and gave clearance to other trains, while our train was made to wait at the outer signal. Finally, our train reached PF no. 5 at 5 p.m. The disgusting acts of ECoR did not end there. They changed the ‘tatkal train’ to ‘Suvidha Special’ with dynamic fare in the return direction. While I paid Rs.650 (sleeper class) from Yesvantapur to Vizag, I found it was Rs.2,000 (sleeper class) in the return journey.”
“I feel that ECoR is playing all sorts of games to get this train cancelled on the plea that this train has no patronage. A new railway zone in AP with headquarters in Visakhapatnam is the only solution to end the injustice from ECoR,” says Venky.
The Railways do not seem to have learnt a lesson even after getting a spate of complaints on Twitter on the unclean coaches and other problems on trains originating/terminating in Visakhapatnam.
Barely a couple of weeks after passengers tweeted on untidy coaches in popular trains like Godavari and LTT express trains, a passenger who travelled by the S1 coach of Godavari express to Hyderabad on October 28, says there is no improvement in the situation.
“The wash basins, both in toilets and outside, were overflowing with water, barely a few hours after the train started from Vizag. One can imagine the plight of those who wish to wash their face or brush their teeth in the early hours,” says R.V. Koteswara Rao of Visakhapatnam.
“To add to our woes, there was no power in the toilets and there was no one to attend to the problems. Beggars were getting into the reserved coaches and travelling short distances and there was no one to check their entry,” he adds.

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Nov 07 2016 (14:35)
Venkat వెంకట్   2595 blog posts
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North coastal andhra people very clear about the asking zone for VSKP. Even Srikakulam MP raised this issue of zonal HQ at vskp many times in parliament. Dont judge it by just new paper reports.
Who told if vizag gets train to delhi like Raj will not be useful for north andhra ?? It will stop at VZM, PVP if goes via Katni. Stops at SLO, RJY, EE, BZA if goes via WL. How come one train will help only originating station ??
Still many VSKP originating train have GNWL upto BZA.
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Most of the COA trains wont GNWL to BZA but vskp originating trains have. Even some machilipatnam train not having GNWL to bza.
If new zone comes PSA can be created as a Originating station with Pit lines which is not happening under ECoR.
Also Railway zone is not only for new trains, there are huge issues related to employs and region sentiments. I think North andhra region people can understand better what i am saying.
If south andhra people constantly ignore the issues of north andhra and hatred towards vizag develops it will create much bigger issues to AP state than SCR split.

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Nov 07 2016 (14:38)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2457 blog posts
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Thank you for presenting a clear picture of the situation. Let's rest the argument here.

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Nov 07 2016 (14:40)
Venkat వెంకట్   2595 blog posts
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Hope you changed your mind about zone at Vizag as HQ , not a silly demand.

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Nov 07 2016 (15:22)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2457 blog posts
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I have never thought of it as a silly demand. I too was very keen about development of railway facilities in the VSKP, VZM, CHE and the rest of AP that is struggling under ECoR. Your arguments were very concise and informative and I shall try to convey the same idea to others in future. Thank you for that.
I was born and brought up in Kakinada and Vizag and have always closely followed railway developments in both areas. But only difference was that I always tried to argue in favor of a situation where Vizag region gets it's share of facilities while the rest of Andhra stays intact with SCR, under which it has
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done well. (To be honest, I favor the old 9 zone system and usually put up idealistic arguments about people learning to work together instead of just separating when there are problems. Don't pay attention to that rambling. :) )
However, don't misjudge me for saying this. Speaking only from a railway perspective, unlike the VSKP region, which has a strong reason to demand a separation from it's home zone, the rest of AP has no such extreme problems with SCR and has no reason to demand for a separate zone. So you cannot expect people from here to just start supporting a move to separate from SCR without getting a clear picture as to why such a move has become necessary or what difference it can bring to the concerned regions. At the outset, the new zone doesn't mean as much to the rest of AP as it means to the northern part. Only with a proper communication of the needs and necessities can we get a unanimous support for the idea. And random people demanding diversion of trains from CCT to VSKP here on IRI did not help the situation as far as my reactions here on IRI are concerned.
So, please understand that neither I nor any one else from AP are against VSKP region getting better railway infrastructure. But solely as an RF, I hope you can understand why RF's from the SCR region may not accept the idea of a new zone wholeheartedly as much as they would accept the idea of merging WAT with SCR.

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Nov 07 2016 (15:54)
Venkat వెంకట్   2595 blog posts
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See my friend, Again i am saying dont see it as VSKP region issues alone. If that the case the VSKP region from where highest taxes are getting collected by state, spending more on Capital region at Guntur by state govt, what if people of vskp region people fights for not using our taxes some where ?? As a state we need to take care about issues of all region. If not another separate state movement will come.
I dont know how many scr RF will be there , but railway issues of Vizag region is all about 1 crs people. Its became one of the biggest issue of this region my years.
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again if vizag is part of AP railway it helps atleast 6-7 coastal not alone north coastal AP. Many trains to south can be started as it has more pit lines and also space for expansion. Diversion of CCT trains to VSKP not possible as CCT is terminal but extension of VSKP trains to CCT is possible.

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Nov 07 2016 (20:05)
Foamer~   1480 blog posts
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They do use it. I didn't ask for many trains to be run. But just one daily to KCG. Like a standard overnight train for that section, instead of a mix-up of bi-weeklies. Train on wednesday is missing currently.
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Yes connection to new capital and commercial capital VSKP in the route u mentioned is needed. I don't know why SWR is not allowing Kondaveedu to be made daily?

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Nov 07 2016 (20:08)
Boxer Bhai   38476 blog posts   12677 correct pred (61% accurate)
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Kondaveedu wont help pak-dmm section.
Daily as of now not possible

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Nov 07 2016 (20:20)
Foamer~   1480 blog posts
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Hardly anyone in Rayalseema bothered for a new zone. Because they know better than to protest. The state split because coastal Andhra, Krishna, Godavari districts cornered all resources. Many in Rayalseema wanted 3 way split (after split was finalized), because they knew capital, revenue and other developments will all be cornered by those districts.
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One can compare Uttarandhra and Rayalseema as being short changed by all attention and development of coastal districts.
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Media keeps harping on VSKP issues because all their owners are from there.

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Nov 07 2016 (20:29)
Foamer~   1480 blog posts
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No for HUP, ATP region I was saying. That DMM-BZA train has no UR coaches at all, so this will help to some extent.

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Nov 07 2016 (20:37)
Boxer Bhai   38476 blog posts   12677 correct pred (61% accurate)
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Gen coaches will alloted to tri weekly in future days
May 10 2016 (09:22)  Passengers in Garib Rath ‘rat’tled (www.thehindu.com)
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News Entry# 267358   Blog Entry# 1839898     
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May 10 2016 (2:57PM)
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Posted by: Mangalagiri  7 news posts
“I was forced to make a transit halt at Hyderabad for about 12 hours to travel to Bengaluru from Visakhapatnam on May 7. Though I had planned the trip more than three weeks ahead, there was no accommodation on the direct trains. The only convenient option was to take the Vizag-Secunderabad Garib Rath and from Secunderabad to Bengaluru by the Yesvantapur Garib Rath,” says B. Nithyasri of Visakhapatnam, who travelled along with her family on a holiday.
The major issue in the Vizag-Secunderabad Garib Rath was that the water in the toilets ran low quite early in the night. “The G-14, which was the second last coach, on the Yesvanatapur Garib Rath also seemed to be neat and clean but children screamed
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on seeing a bandicoot, criss-crossing the floor from under the berth, and refused to sleep in the lower berths,” the passenger noted. “A mother was relaxing on the lower berth along with her five-month-old baby at that time shifted to the side upper berth out of fear. We hope rat biting incidents would not occur on trains,” she said.
I had travelled by 02877 Visakhapatnam – Krishnarajapuram Suvidha Special on May 6. The train started at 5:30 a.m. from Vizag but many people brought general tickets to Rajahmundry/Bezawada/Ongole and Renigunta and boarded the train as majority of the seats were empty, a regular traveller Ravi Kishore of Visakhapatnam wrote.
I wondered as to why anyone would spend Rs. 1,000 (dynamic fare) when they could spend a mere Rs.300 and enjoy the same benefit. Who would waste such huge amount and travel the whole day in this train rather take a bus?
I feel this train needs to be converted into a daytime Inter City Express (ICE) as it perfectly suits that purpose. It will also reduce the load on Janmabhoomi (12805) as people going to Rajahmundry/Bezawada prefer this one.
Similarly, there is huge demand for ICE from Bezawada/Guntur to Tirupati (as 17406 Adilabad - Tirupathi Krishna Express is overcrowded) and this can meet that need also. Also there are many people from Tirupati/Renigunta working in Bengaluru and again this train can act as an inter city express for them too and help them reach Bengaluru by night.
Also the authorities (SWR and E Co R) have to explain as to who will board a train that departs at 1 a.m. from its originating station Krishnarajapuram, which is far. The train needs to be re-scheduled to start at 5 a.m. in Bengaluru for the benefit of Tirupati-bound (for Balaji Darshan) and from there again its serves as intercity for people going to Bezawada/Rajahmundry as there is huge demand for Tirupati-Visakhapatnam ICE for a long time.

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May 10 2016 (10:41)
Boxer Bhai   38476 blog posts   12677 correct pred (61% accurate)
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mix masala news

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May 10 2016 (12:55)
WAP7   75 blog posts
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I think it will be very good option if this converted to Daytime ICE ..
True it reduces the load on the over crowded JB from VSKP as people will prefer this ..
True there is genuine demand from GNT/BZA to TPTY day time ICE .. it will be useful like that
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Tirupaty (Balaji Darshan) can catch this train in the evening and reach SBC by night ..

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May 10 2016 (14:18)
Srikanth~   1569 blog posts   586 correct pred (73% accurate)
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First time looking at this kind of chain VSKP - SC and SC - YPR :). They want only GR travel I guess :).

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May 10 2016 (14:19)
Koilakuntla in IR~   7797 blog posts   7 correct pred (64% accurate)
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Then how come return in Suvidha?
the fact behind it is insted of running suvidha a ICE is good,but story is not well narated

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May 10 2016 (14:52)
WAP7   75 blog posts
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Suvidha timings needs to be revised ..
Spending huge money for a complete day journey is ridiculous ..

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May 10 2016 (14:55)
Koilakuntla in IR~   7797 blog posts   7 correct pred (64% accurate)
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spending huge money is correct,bcz i am not for the concept of suvidha.
but what are you guys doing when ECoR proposed for change in TT,its been warned many times here to have a eye on KJM-VSKP as ECOR trying to prove no demand between VSKP and Bangalore.
stp such scrap stories and try t stop more trains geting extended.

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May 10 2016 (15:05)
SRG*^~   35314 blog posts   159912 correct pred (76% accurate)
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Inta kastapade kanta bus oh flight oh ekki vacheyachuga...Chala unnayi antunnaru ga...

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May 10 2016 (16:01)
Mangalagiri   335 blog posts
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wtr it is mix masala or something ..
It is true that it will serve more number of people from various cities if it was converted to ICE ..
I agree with the content ..
It will be combination of 3 diff ICE's ..
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between 22615/6 & 22617/8 can be removed as this will serve as in place of that ..

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May 10 2016 (16:03)
Koilakuntla in IR~   7797 blog posts   7 correct pred (64% accurate)
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SR not in pos to give slot for another intercity,hence proposal ruined
May 07 2016 (14:31)  YSRC MPs seek immediate announcement on rail zone (www.thehindu.com)
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Posted by: rdb*^  127280 news posts
A delegation of MPs, led by YSRC Parliamentary Party Leader Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi on Friday and sought immediate announcement of the new railway zone with headquarters in Visakhapatnam as promised in the AP Reorganisation Act.
The separation of Waltair Division from East Coast Railway (E Co R) and formation of a new railway zone with Visakhapatnam as headquarters was a long pending demand.
He also said YSRC Visakhapatnam district president Gudiwada Amarnath had staged an indefinite fast, before being shifted to the hospital by the
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police.
The Railway Minister shook hands with Mr. Amarnath, who accompanied the delegation, but failed to give any assurance on the zone.
The other members of the delegation include: Botta Renuka, Vara Prasad and Mithun Reddy (MPs), former MLAs Golla Babu Rao and Karanam Dharmasri, party leaders Kola Guruvulu, Tippala Nagi Reddy, A. Adeep Raju and Pakki Divakar.
Mr. Amarnath said he was planning to stage a ‘padayatra’ from Anakapalle to Bheemunipatnam to motivate the people on the issue.
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May 07 2016 (14:27)  CMC asked to close down helpdesk at Katpadi station (www.thehindu.com)
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Posted by: rdb*^  127280 news posts
It was functioning in a 6x10 feet area for the past 12 years
The Southern Railway has closed down the Christian Medical College’s (CMC) round-the-clock medical assistance helpdesk at the Katpadi Railway Station. The helpdesk has been functioning at the station since 2004.
On Friday, officials of Southern Railway asked the hospital to vacate the premises. The helpdesk was functioning on a 6x10 feet area at the station. On an average, 50 to 100 persons utilised the helpdesk services every day, a CMC official said.
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said the railway officials had in February asked them to clear the helpdesk but did not give the reason for the move. A few weeks ago, electricity supply for the helpdesk was disconnected.
CMC’s director Sunil Chandy had written a letter to the General Manager of Southern Railway seeking continuation of the service.
In the letter, Dr. Chandy said that the helpdesk was a public assistance facility to help passengers travelling by train to CMC for treatment. Manned by staff on shift basis, the desk provided advice to patients and was also equipped with wheelchairs and trolleys. It was inaugurated by R. Velu, then Union Minister of State for Railways. The hospital incurred a monthly expense of Rs. 80,000 for rent, electricity and salary of staff.
He pointed out that they have been asked to vacate the premises with no reasons ascribed, and his attempts to reach the authorities did not succeed. Being a free service, the helpdesk assisted patients before they entered the hospital, he said, and urged the official to retain the service. CMC has given the railways space for a reservation desk on the hospital premises free of cost, he added.
Officials of the Southern Railway said as per the Railway Board, there was no policy to allow functioning of such a helpdesk at the railway stations. “There is no policy for allowing such facilities on a long-term basis. They can apply and set up helpdesk for short-terms such as for a week or 10 days,” an official said.
He added that they had floated Expressions of Interest for setting up an emergency medical care centre at Katpadi but CMC did not participate in it.
Railway official says EoIs floated for medical care centre at Katpadi and CMC did not participate in it
May 05 2016 (22:16)  ചെന്നെ ∙ ചെന്നൈ-തിരുവനന്തപുരം മെയിൽ പാളം തെറ്റി. തമിഴ്നാട് ആവഡിക്കടുത്ത് വച്ചാണ് പാളം തെറ്റിയത്. ലോക... (www.manoramaonline.com)
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Posted by: imaravIndian^  116 news posts
ചെന്നെ ∙ ചെന്നൈ-തിരുവനന്തപുരം മെയിൽ പാളം തെറ്റി. തമിഴ്നാട് ആവഡിക്കടുത്ത് വച്ചാണ് പാളം തെറ്റിയത്. ലോക...
Mar 29 2016 (08:34)  Madras - Vizag Daily Train Needed (www.thehindu.com)
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Madras - Vizag Daily Train Needed

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Thats what i also said....A 6 days a week slot sharing (same departure time from VSKP as that of SBP YPR Suvidha i.e 4.30 pm) and early morning arrival at Perambur and then further daytime intercity type run from Perambur to YPR would be great. But some members instead of looking for Overall benefits , just see target specific and harmful options like 2 dedicated daily separate trains for Bangalore and chennai. Whereas if by 1 single train all these three- Vizag , Chennai and bangalore can be covered , then why extra train.

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If U have GUTS extend GNWL Quota for all the trains Originating from BBS/PURI towards VSKP then u will know which place has more demand .. if u can't keep quite ..

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Mind your language you fool.
Who the hell do you think you are to speak like this ?
Idiots. Don't even know how to speak.
What is meant by GUTS ? Starting any train from any city is in hands of RAILWAY BOARD and DELHI Minister, not in yours or mine.
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if they have started some trains or no trains , all has enough reason to back up. The people in Railway Board are FAR more knowledgeable than you and me.
So just shut up and get some tutions first for politely speaking on Open blogs.
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Feb 25 2016 (15:52)  From the archives: Ready for the longest train journey in India? (www.hindustantimes.com)
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Why take a flight when you can sit back and enjoy the scenery on a leisurely train journey? Ever wonder that? We feel you. We say, a journey on Indian trains should be on everyone’s bucket list. It can be affordable, safe and comfortable.
So, on a day when the railway budget is hogging headlines and the Minister of Railways made a slew of announcements - from India’s first rail auto hub and boosting to e-catering to connectivity to North-East and Wi-Fi in railway stations - we dig up our archives and found this... (Hope you’re up for a long, long train journey?)
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a hot summer afternoon in 1853, as the first steam locomotive pulled out of Bombay, India entered the rail era. Today, 160 years later, even at a time when the Railways are making headlines for the wrong reasons, a ride aboard the Vivek Express is the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s India’s longest train ride, starting from Dibrugarh in Assam and sweeping down the eastern coast to culminate at Kanyakumari. It covers a staggering 4,300 km (more than 1/10th the earth’s circumference), in an unforgettable four-night-three-day grind.
Having grown up reading the works of adventurers such as Jules Verne and Rudyard Kipling, I wasn’t short of inspiration. Boning up on railway fiction might help you prepare for 82 hours on the tracks, but as India flashes by the window, nothing prepares you for what lies inside: a journey that opens your eyes to ways of travelling and surviving the Great Indian Railways experience. Perhaps, a line by author Paul Theroux about the romance of travel comes close: “You go away for a long time and return a different person - you never come all the way back.”
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In 1881, the British set up a 65-km metre gauge line from Dibrugarh in north Assam to the Margherita Garden Estate, mainly for transportation of tea and coal. Today Dibrugarh, a bustling town on the Himalayan foothills, is the only non-Capital city in the country to have important trains such as the Rajdhani Express and Vivek Express originating from it.
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After braving a downpour, as we await the station master and train staff at the crew lobby, we chance upon an intriguing procedure:
Driver Mohammad Rahimuddin, 55, blows hard into an alcometer for a breathalyser test done to ensure drivers aren't tipsy when they guide the train. That done, he gets an update on the locomotive's load capacity, electrical output and power certification from the staff before he heads to the pilot's cabin.
"Most of the 22 coaches of the Vivek Express have been built in the integrated rail coach factory at Kapurthala and the rest at Perambur. A majority of passengers on the train are soldiers manning our borders since China is just 220 kilometres from Dibrugarh," station in-charge R. Bhattacharjee tells us over tea-bag chai and biscuits.

The flag-bearer: The guard is the lord of all he surveys. M Abubacker let the HT Brunch team travel with him in the brake van in the final stretch from Trivandrum to Kanyakumari.
Riding on hope
Author Bill Aitken, whose Branch Line to Eternity introduced readers to the romance of feeder railway lines, says spending four days on a slow, squalid train is worth it just for the great value for money it offers. "Travelling 4200 kilometres for peanuts must be the cheapest fare in the world anywhere?" he surmises.
Aitken isn't off the mark. The Vivek Express takes you across more than 600 stations, halting at 56 major destinations spread across eight states (see map) in two tier air-conditioned comfort for Rs 3475. The ticket for third AC is Rs 2305, the sleeper class Rs 925 and for the general class Rs 545.
The general compartment, where more than 200 people are crammed into a space fit for just 90, is where this economics is at play. Bodies dripping sweat, satchels welded to the arm and voices raised to holler at those stepping on their toes: the compartment begins to fill with workers and tea-pickers at Dibrugarh itself.
By the time the train reaches Tinsukiya in Assam, the closest station to Arunachal Pradesh, a catchment area for Kafkaesque contractors looking for cheap labour - it is spilling at the seams, and then, where it doesn't seem likely: Six workers invade the train loo, Occupy Wall Street style, and refuse to come out. After all, they too have a ticket to ride and no standing room.
"What can one do? The cheap fare is provided by contractors who take their cut. It isn't our job to check tickets here. That will be done by the flying squad," philosophises a moon-faced ticket inspector who refuses to divulge his name. Oblivious to the heat, grime and noise, clad in similar vests, flip flops and jeans, a group of youngsters is engrossed in a game of cards.
What drives these agricultural workers, who form the biblical salt of the earth, to seek employment thousands of kilometres away in Kerala and Tamil Nadu? Dilip Sonowal, 25, who boards the train along with eight others from Tinsukiya, has an answer: "Higher wages and assured employment through the year. The highest we can make in Assam is Rs 200 even if we work overtime. In Kerala, if we get an extra Rs 30 every additional hour, we can earn as much as Rs 350. Aur phir, videsh jaa kar kuch naya dekhenge." Travel, the ultimate teacher, did someone say? In the tradition of a Columbus and Robinson Crusoe, it is the feeling of being the first man in new terrain that has inspired Mangal Jyoti Chakma, 18, a tribal farmer from Arunachal Pradesh, to head for a rubber factory in Tamil Nadu's Kottayam district. No one in the last five generations of Chakmas has worked in a rubber plant. But the prospect doesn't daunt him. "I will learn and earn. When I go back home, it will be in air-conditioned," he declares, eyes gleaming, high on hope and youth.
The sisterhood: Sister Janet Baby, a teacher in Arunachal Pradesh’s Miao Diocese, says coming by train helped her mingle with other nuns (unlike the time she went by air)
Thoughts for food
As I settle my portly 85-kg frame into the lower berth, an old Indian Railways tagline: "To learn a thousand dialects, eat a thousand cuisines and meet a million people, you need just one berth," comes to mind and for a few moments, I let my mind wander. When one negotiates more than 4000 km on the longest train journey in India, one comes across mountains, rivers, backwaters and the sea. One unravels local tongues and makes friends with fellow-passengers even as one's tastebuds explode with a smattering of food flavours.
Food, yes, as usual, it manages to derail my train of thought! I make my way across my two-tier AC through the vestibule and decide to meet pantry manager Ramen Mahato.
He can't be serious! I blurt out aloud. The subject of my incredulity is Mahato's statement: "This is a cooking-free train. Aboard the Vivek Express, meals are prepared only for the staff, not travellers," he says triumphantly and I have visions of turning carnivorous. "What about ticket holders?" I ask in my best Hannibal Lecter voice. "Are we meant to go on a fast and die a slow death?" "For them, the service staff picks up meals. Lunch from Guwahati, dinner at Alipur Duar, breakfast at Durgapur and so on," says Mahato, making it sound like Breakfast at Tiffany's and my stomach rumbles in relief. It is another matter though, that the staple fare of rivers of watery dal running through mountains of rice and a squiggle of bright red chillie pickle is painting its own, unappetising landscape which would usher in insurgency in the belly, once we reach Delhi.
As we leave Lumdig in Assam and move towards Dimapur in Nagaland, the first lot of public pariahs - urchins, beggars and a group of eunuchs - makes an appearance. An arm-less beggar looks for alms, finds little success but goes through the vestibules from second AC to three-tier, to sleeper, to general, with a beatific smile. "Even the cops don't harass us. They know better. They just extracted Rs 200 from a fauji for having whisky from his consignment of canteen booze," the disabled beggar who goes by the name of Jishnu, tells me with a wink. "What's a couple of swigs of Mansion House whisky when the country has other important matters to discuss? Tell me, what about the Chinese incursion in Ladakh?" asks a Border Roads Force subedar, who refuses to give me his name, as he draws dark red curtains over the side berth and draws at his glass, before retiring for the night and unleashing a fusillade of snoring glory.
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The insurgency-ravaged Seven Sisters of the North-East are home to a sizeable number of Army and paramilitary soldiers - mainly from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the Assam Rifles, The Madras Regiment, BSF and CRPF - who hail from Southern India. Till the Vivek Express was launched, a soldier, say, from Kerala, stationed in Arunachal Pradesh, had to change trains at least four times to reach his destination. "Earlier, we spent close to six days going to our unit. From Trivandrum one took a train to Chennai. From here we reached Howrah two days later. The train in the evening which took us to Guwahati took one day and a night and from Guwahati to our post was another long, backbreaking journey," says BSF constable SK Nair, 30, stationed in Siliguri. "With a direct train, all that is a distant memory," adds Nair with a smile.
The two additional days he gets to spend with his family are worth their weight in gold biscuits from the Gulf, says Simon K.M. of Assam Rifles. The 54-year-old Havaldar, stationed in Arunachal Pradesh, is looking forward to catching up with his 24-year old son. "He has just got a job at the Pathanamthitta town collectorate," he says with palpable pride. "He has taken after me. He is six feet tall, you will see when he comes to pick me up at Chenganur," he adds. For his 22-year-old daughter, Simon, working with the Assam Rifles for more than 30 years, is taking along saplings of cacti grown in Nagaland, which bear colourful flowers in 13 resplendent hues. "Originally found in the north-east, it survives in Kerala beautifully. I had taken four saplings the last time I came home," adds the veteran soldier, who says he can't afford more than two chhutis a year (one in the summer and another at Christmas).
Freedom song: Avi Chishi and Vikali Sumi, students from Dimapur, Nagaland, are excited about their first holiday outside the North-East, in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu.
A trip by train from one end of the country to another is also special because it is microcosmic of the Indian way of life. Remember Yatra, Shyam Benegal's iconic series where Om Puri played the protagonist, which followed the route of the Himsagar Express, the longest train journey in India which connected Kashmir to Kanyakumari before Vivek Express was launched in 2011? On the Vivek Express, the role of the railways in uniting a multiplicity of people across diverse states permeates through strongly.
A seasoned passenger on the train, Beryl King, 24, could unwittingly become a brand ambassador for this brand of integration, railways-style. The polyglot 24-year-old montessori teacher, who boards the train in Dimapur, is headed to Ernakulam, where she goes to meet her aunt and extended family on her departed father's side, every six months. "The train is ideal for somebody like me who has family in the North-East as well as relatives down the Vindhyas. I am going from my mom's hometown in Dimapur to my late father's native place," she says. King's father, a highway engineer from Kerala, couldn't converse in anything but Malayalam and English when he was working in Nagaland. Her mother, for whom anything other than Nagamese (a mixture of Naga, Assamese and Hindi) was alien, didn't know English. "But love knows no language and they got married. Who knows where I'll find my soulmate - in Nagaland or Kerala?" wonders King, as she breaks into a grin and a giggle routine. That she can break the ice by breaking into fluent Malayalam as well as Nagamese, make her popular with many of her fellow travellers.
In the three-tier AC section, as Boney M's 'Hooray, hooray, it's a holi-holiday/What a world of fun for everyone, holi-holiday' blares from their smartphones, a nattily dressed Naga girl duo from Dimapur stands out with its exuberant disposition. "I am like, super-excited!" announces Avi Chishi, a 24-year-old student of theology, as she puts out the loudspeaker and gives her headphones to her friend Vikali Sumi, 22. "We hadn't ever ventured beyond Guwahati till yesterday. And today, here we are, headed to the tip of the subcontinent on a trip of a lifetime," says Sumi. "Inside the campus of Dimapur's New Life Bible College, we mostly listen to gospel musicians such as Paul Baloche and Max Locado. But on a holiday, we can choose to listen to classic rock," adds Sumi.
Sweet somethings: At Durgapur Junction in West Bengal, the first vendors of mishti doi make their appearance. It is the best dessert one can hope to feast on, on this journey.
Great Railways Bazaar
As the hilly terrain of Assam makes way for Bengal, rows and rows of thatched roof houses run alongside the rail track. The landscape becomes flatter and on the garishly painted walls of the rare concrete dwelling, advertisements for Amul Macho 'yeh to bahut toing hai' innerwear compete with Ultratech cement and railway employee union slogans in Bengali.
At Alipur Duar, the first station in Mamata country, the silence of the coach is broken by the high-pitched sales pitch of Rahul Das.
"Nothing less than Rs 10 for a cup," he bellows and manages to convince a few buyers. As the warm liquid breaks the lethargy of the evening, we quiz him on his revenue stream. "Between Alipur Duar and Rampur Haat (four stations) I will earn Rs 700 and then return home on another train," says Das.
It isn't exactly an incursion, but selling their wares on a moving train is a revenue model which thrives on Chinese imports. So, we have vendors at New Jalpaiguri, trying to peddle a smartphone for Rs 1200 and a Tab for Rs 8000, all Chinese-made. I settle for a Teng Peng multi-point charger with colourful sockets in fluorescent orange, yellow, pink and blue for Rs 100 and plug it into the power point provided in the coach for mobile charging. Soon, I am the most popular person on the train, with people from adjoining coaches, the pantry staff and even strangers from sleeper class approaching me with requests to charge their gadgets, many of them bearing the inscription: MADE IN CHINA.
Destiny’s child: Beryl King, 24, from Dimapur, is one of those rare passengers who has family in both Kerala as well as Nagaland. She says the train is an ideal choice for people like her
Riding with the loco pilots
Doi, doi, mishti doi. At Durgapur, the first vendors of sweetened curd bring that unmistakable Bengali touch to the platform. With a 30-minute stop for refuelling and change of engine from diesel to electric, the halt is ideal to make acquaintance with the charioteers of our train, one thinks. So, between the industrial town best known for its steel plant and Asansol, we request loco pilot RB Ram and his assistant Rajiv Kumar to allow us a peek into their cabin and they oblige.
Outside the drivers' cabin, truck after truck of coal extracted from the Raniganj coalfields just outside Durgapur, drives past. The undulating landscape is a maze of giant factories, tin sheds, lorry drivers and electrical wires. Inside, with the assurance of a pro, Ram is shouting instructions to his junior on impending railway signals.
Manning their console, with meters to check air flow, braking pressure and speed, needs knowledge of both the mechanical and electrical aspects of locomotive engineering, says Ram, 53, a native of Mughalsarai in Uttar Pradesh, who has made Asansol his home for the 20 years he has been with the Railways. "As you can see, we can't use mobile phones or take loo breaks. Other than that, the job isn't tough, not after having driven goods trains for close to 15 years," he says with a smile. "He is a good teacher, so the long hours don't bother me," says Ram's assistant Rajiv Kumar, 26. "The most enjoyable part of the trip is when we get the engine from Asansol to Durgapur, before it is attached to the train. We are the most crucial personnel on the train. So, we should get adequate rest to keep fresh," says Kumar.
Vijayawada Mystery
On the morning of the third day, we approach Andhra Pradesh's Vijayawada junction, one of the busiest stations in southern India, which handles more than 320 trains every day. Apart from vendors selling piping fresh dosai, idlis and vadais, the eye goes to the vendors' fluorescent orange T-shirts that proclaim 'Beware of thieves' in English, Telugu and Hindi. Curiosity piqued and an Idly-Vada picked, one asks them why they are sporting the intriguing message.
"It's on the instructions of cops," is as forthcoming as the answers get. Befuddled, I look for the closest person in wearing khaki, pot belly and stick and quiz him on the same. The cop summons me and we begin walking in the direction of the train's last cabin. With about 2 minutes left for the train to leave I am nervous, when he points me to a hoarding and says: "Good officer, saar!" Opposite me is a giant hoarding like a split-screen TV discussion, replete with badly translated moral science lessons such as 'Lane Mein Jayiye Choron Se Bachiye' (join the queue to avoid thieves), 'Sona Mat Pahaniye' and 'Buddha Aadmiyon Se Madad Karo' (help the elderly), courtesy Dr M. Kantha Rao, SP, Railway Police, along with photographs of the 'good' officer demonstrating what he is preaching and his phone number.
The provocation: a spate of chain snatchings around Vijayawada. During this investigation, the train's electric horn begins to blare and one rushes to catch the moving locomotive, only to end up breathless in the pantry section!
Being confined for hours together in a common space brings out even the most introverted characters out of their shell and spontaneous friendships formed on trains are sometimes known to last lifetimes. Shyamoshree, 34 a homemaker from Dimapur, Nagaland, for instance, is travelling with her five-year -old daughter Ashtha to Kottayam to visit family friends. They met Ratna Ghosh and her six year old daughter Sayantika, natives of Dibrugarh, a few hours back on the train and have become great friends since. The two girls play antakshri, Atlas, watch games on Shyamoshree's laptop and transform themselves into announcers on the train's non-existent public address system every time it slows down at a station.
Windows 2013: A window view of the general compartment. It is meant for close to 90 people, but actually had more than 200.
Out Patients Department
As one takes leave of Andhra Pradesh towards Tamil Nadu, one notices a group of travellers preparing to de-board at Katpadi Junction, near the Christian Medical College, Vellore (CMC). Swarup Dutta, a 32-year-old telecom engineer from Dibrugarh is taking his father Subir Kumar Dutta, 60, a former National Assurance Company executive, for treatment of his lower-back. "The extent of personal care for patients there is much better than Assam. So one doesn't mind the travel," says Dutta Junior. Arati Sarkar, 59, a housewife from Assam, who is travelling with her daughter and granddaughter to CMC Vellore to get a gum infection treated, agrees. "It's a shame that the North-east which is home to 40 million people, almost equal to the population of England, doesn't have decent medical facilities," says Sarkar.
Then there was Nun
At Chengannur the Vivek Express turns into a ghost train. Most of the migrant workers have alighted. The general, sleeper and air-conditioned coaches are deserted and one does a recce to find out if there are any travellers left. It is here, in the two-tier compartment that the smiling countenance and sparkling eyes of Sister Janet Baby catch your attention. Almost hidden on a side berth, the 37-year-old assistant teacher in Arunachal Pradesh's Miao Diocese is viewing the lush green landscape from the window, as she prepares to reach home to her village in Trivandrum district. "This has been my first trip on this train and it was special. The last time we came by plane spending a steep Rs 20,000, I could never mingle with other sisters and fathers. From eating together, to recounting stories, to moving around and meeting other sisters on the Vijayawada platform, it can only be possible here. That is the biggest charm of a train journey," she says.
Guard's Own Country
On the fourth morning, in the final stretch of our sojourn after Trivendrum Central, through cajolement and coercion, we persuade Senior Guard M Abubacker to let us travel with him in the brake-van. It turns out to be the best part of our 82-hour journey. We are cruising through the backwaters, with the landscape a lush expanse of green, with swaying palms, the smell of the ocean nearby and the company of a raconteur.
We count four tunnels and three trains pass us by, as Abubacker Sahib, 57, opens his trunk (that has among other sundry supplies such as flags, maps, torches and rulebooks, a detonator) and heart to us.
The guard's cabin is a hallowed space. Unlike engine drivers (two of them confined to a small space), he is the lord of all he surveys. "Saar, I am like one-man army. I don't need assistants," says Abubacker as he goes on to explain how a guard may need to put a detonator on the tracks in case of a derailment to protect the train. When he joined the Railways 34 years back, the native of Alleppey, known for its powder beaches and backwaters, Abubacker served as a forge-man. He cleared an exam to become a guard and now, after marrying off both his daughters to 'suitable' boys in the Gulf, he has no points left to prove. Abubacker's sense of pride comes from a sense of finality: " After close to 12 guards have changed hands over 4200 kilometres, in the last stretch, for the final 80-odd kilometres from Trivandrum to Kanyakumari, a guard from Quilon division is guiding the Vivek Express, the longest train journey in the country. Personally, it is a matter of great honour, Sir!" The pride is infectious. Suddenly, even my photographer colleague and I are gripped by a sense of having achieved something. Great signal, guard sahib!
Vivekanand Rocks
On the fifth morning, at Kanyakumari, the final station, a few stragglers alight from the train, apart from the train staff. Beyond that is the sea. Kanyakumari at the Cape Comerin, is the Land's End of the country and believed to have multi-coloured sands. The sleepy township is revered for its Kanya Kumari Shrine and the Vivekananda Memorial, named after the Bengali philosopher, which becomes an island at high tide. The legend goes, that standing in the waters of Kanyakumari if one had three legs, one could plant them each in the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. It is a logical conclusion for a journey where all Indian rivers of faith, creed, culture and languages finally submerge. The track stops here.
From HT Brunch, May 19 , 2013
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