Tourists disappointed with the partial cancellation of the Araku passenger between Vizag and Araku due to extensive damage to the track and a bridge as a result of boulder fall in October this year, now tourists can still enjoy the tunnels up to Chimidapalle in a Vistadome coach with effect from Tuesday (November 28).
It may be recalled that the 58501 Visakhapatnam-Kirandul Passenger was partially cancelled between Visakhapatnam and Araku due to extensive damage to the track and a pier of the bridge (No.249) due to boulder fall between Chimidipalle and Borraguhalu on the K-K line early last month.
The AP Tourism Development Corporation Limited (APTDC), in association with the Waltair Division of East Coast Railway, has come out with a plan to pep up the spirits of tourists by operating Vistadome (see through glass coach) up to Chimidapalli to enable them to enjoy the beauty of the tunnels. The railways has also announced partial restoration of the services of 58501/02 passenger between Visakhapatnam-Chimidapalle-Visakhapatnam with one Vistadome, two general class and one second class coach till December 4.
The daylong rail-cum-road package would begin at Visakhapatnam Junction by the special tourist coach at 6.50 a.m. daily.Tourists would pass through around 40 tunnels to reach Chimidapalli at 10 a.m. They would return to Tyda Railway Station and from there they would be taken to Borra Caves by Air conditioned buses of APTDC.
The tourists would be provided vegetarian lunch at Valley Resorts at Araku. They would also be taken to the coffee plantations and the Tribal Museum and the Galikonda View Point and after tea at Anantagiri, the tourists would return to the city by APTDC buses by 8.30 p.m. APTDC Executive Director (projects) Sriramulu Naidu told the media on Monday that the package tour would cost Rs. 3,200 per person, which includes the train fare, AC bus fare and lunch expenses. This arrangement would be there till the K-K line was restored completely.
Divisional Commercial Manager G. Suneel Kumar said that the track was expected to be restored by the second week of December.
More details can be had over the mobile No. 98480 23948 or 98488 13585.
source : thehindu