Guntur: The railway authorities have decided to construct a direct approach road to the goods shed located at Reddipalem in Guntur city. The goods shed is one of the busiest cargo handling centres in the division where hundreds of lorries move in and out from Guntur carrying rice and chilli. The new road will decongest traffic in the city.
The railway board has given approval for taking up the new access road to the shed which will help heavy vehicles reach the loading point without entering the city. “We will shortly start work on the new approach road… It will not only reduce traffic congestion but also help us manage goods loading time schedules by avoiding delays,” said divisional railway manager R Mohan Raja.
The new road would be laid through the existing railway land along Vijayawada-Guntur track. As there is no need to acquire private land, authorities are expecting to complete work early as it involves only laying of road, which is expected to be three kilometres.
Currently, vehicles have to pass through Nehru Nagar after entering the city to reach the goods shed, which often cause traffic jams, particularly when the railway crossing gate at Sita Nagar is closed for movement of trains. It takes nearly an hour to clear traffic during peak hours.