The launch of Train services from Siddipet to Secunderabad Railway Station in the state of Telangana has been a significant event for the residents of Siddipet. It marks the realization of a long-standing dream and adds another noteworthy achievement to the government’s record. However, while the introduction of Siddipet to Secunderabad Train services is indeed a bright chapter, there are still hurdles to overcome for its true success.
One of the primary challenges is that train transport is not the sole means of reaching Secunderabad from Siddipet. Siddipet boasts two bus stations, known as the old bus stand and the New bus stand. These bus stations facilitate a constant flow of buses to Secunderabad, with fares typically around 150 rupees. The journey covers approximately 100 kilometers and takes roughly two hours by bus. Additionally, private vehicles offer a convenient mode of transportation for passengers.
There are several fundamental issues currently affecting Siddipet’s Train services. Firstly, Siddipet railway station is situated approximately 7 kilometers away from the town’s core population areas. The road connecting Siddipet’s bus stations to the railway station is in very poor condition, and the autorickshaw fare for this short distance is approximately Rs. 100, which is quite high.
Another concern is the duration of the train journey, which takes more than three hours. This is compared to the bus journey to Secunderabad, which can be completed in about two hours. If one travels by bus at high speeds, the journey can be as short as one hour and 40 minutes. While the train fare may appear cheaper at Rs. 60 compared to the bus fare of Rs. 150, the additional auto fare of Rs. 100 to reach the railway station from the bus station brings the total cost to Rs. 160. Thus, in terms of cost and time, the train service becomes less attractive compared to the bus.
Furthermore, the train makes stops at 14 places along the way from Siddipet to Secunderabad, whereas a non-stop bus service goes directly from Siddipet to Secunderabad.
In conclusion, the launch of Siddipet train services is a welcome initiative, but it still faces several challenges before it can truly serve the public’s convenience. Key areas that require attention include improving accessibility from all parts of Siddipet to the railway station at a lower fare, increasing the number of trains, reducing travel time between Siddipet and Secunderabad, improving reservation processes, ensuring additional trains during festive seasons, and considering the possibility of non-stop travel between Siddipet to Secunderabad. The officials must address these issues to maximize the benefits of the Siddipet to Secunderabad train service for both the people and the administration.”
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