Secunderabad (SC): Travel time for railway passengers and cargoes on the Chennai-Mumbai and Secunderabad-Mumbai routes will now get reduced, with the South Central Railway completing major electrification works on two major sections on these routes.
The electrification works were completed on the 310-km-long Renigunta to Guntakal section on the Chennai-Mumbai route and 161 km stretch between Lingampalli and Wadi on the Secunderabad-Mumbai route.
The electrification of the last legs in these section marks a major milestone in the electrification of all major routes under the South Central railway zone.
With this, the zone has achieved electrification for 41 per cent of its total route km — in absolute numbers, the electrification is now complete over 2,375 route km, out of the total of 5,810 route km under it.
In addition, electrification works on another major section from Guntakal to Wadi are under active progress and works on Guntur to Guntakal route will also be taken up shortly, an official release said.
Running trains on electric traction yields several operational and economic benefits. An extended network of electrified railway lines will enable seamless running of trains over long distances without the need for loco change from electric to diesel and vice-versa.
More importantly, it reduces travel time benefiting the passengers and freight customers. Due to lesser detentions, average speed of the goods and passenger trains increases, which in turn improves availability of crew.
The 180-km long track between Renigunta and Muddanur was gradually electrified in various phases during 2008-12. Subsequently, works have been taken up in the remaining stretch from Muddanur to Guntakal, covering 130 km. The last leg on this route, a 30 km stretch between Gooty and Guntakal was completed last week, which will now enable running of goods trains on electric traction from Chennai and Krishnapatnam ports to Guntakal.
Currently about 50 goods trains are being run on an average per day on this section, carrying commodities such as coal, iron ore and cement.