Infrastructure Growth on SCR takes strong strides in 2016-17 – several new Sections adds up to System Rail Map

SCR also earns a Revenue of Rs. 3565 Cr in Passenger Segment -Records 375.8 Million Travellers; Freight traffic rise in March, 2017 takes the annual loading of  the Zone to 96.83 Million Tonnes

SECUNDERABAD: The financial year 2016-17 signified a big boost to the Infrastructure might of South Central Railway, enormously contributing to the strength of the network and enhancing coverage in tune with aspirations. With Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways giving the nod for fast execution of ongoing projects, doing away with the constraints of finances and empowering Zones to finalize tender processes, the route has been laid for faster execution of works.

From the time V.K.Yadav took charge as the General Manager, South Central Railway, he has laid emphasis on completion of works pertaining to various on-going projects as per target dates.      A record 168.5 kms of new railway lines (140.3 kms) and doubling works (28.2 kms) of new  have been completed on SCR during 2016-17, which includes 91.4 kms in Telangana.

CRS Inspection of Nizamabad-Morthad New Railway Line for Commissioning

The new lines which have been laid include the final stretch of Nizamabad–Morthad (45.6 Kms) section of the ambitious Nizamabad–Karimnagar–Peddapalli new Railway line. This Railway line to a length of 178 Kms has cost around Rs. 926 Crore totally. The line, which runs through the heart of Telangana holds many a advantage. The new line which links to the Kazipet–Balharshah trunk route on one side and Secunderabad–Manmad on the other side is set to be a viable alternate route connecting the North India with South through Secunderabad as well as the Maratwada area and beyond towards Maharastra. Passenger train services have commenced on the new section of Nizamabad-Karimnagar-Peddapalli.

Amongst the other projects commissioned are-

  • The last stretch of Mathampalli–Raghavapuram Railway line (19 Kms) of Jaggayapeta–Mellacheruvu–Janpahad new line which connects Vishnupuram on Secunderabad-Guntur route with Motumari on Vijayawada–Kazipet route. It has been opened for Goods traffic at present. The salient feature of this new line is that, the two crucial rail links of Kazipet–Vijayawada and Secunderabad–Guntur stand connected in between, there by holding scope as alternate routes in case of any need.
  • Devarkadra-Jaklair line to a length of 28.55 kms which is a part of Mahbubnagar–Munirabad new Railway line project and train services commenced.
  • Nandyal–Yerraguntla New line project- the last stretch of 28 Kms from Banaganapalli to Nandyal was completed and a new train was flagged off.
  • Kadapa–Pendlimarri (21 Kms), part of Kadapa–Bangalore new line project was completed.
  • Mantralayam–Matmarri (11.15 Kms), part of Guntakal–Wadi doubling project was completed.

The major projects which took off during 2016-17 are :-

  • Guntakal–Kalluru Doubling project.
  • Nadikudi–Srikalahasti new railway line.
  • Manoharabad–Kothapalli new railway line connecting Hyderabad–Karimnagar, foundation for which was laid by Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
Track doubling works on SCR

In terms of electrification, out of 2013 kms electrified on Indian Railways during 2016-17, 470 kms has been electrified on SCR. This relates to Guntakal-Dhone (29 Route Kms); Wadi-Raichur (107.65 Kms); Nancherla-Mantralayam Road (87 Kms); Nallapadu-Cumbum (164.5 Kms) and Pendekallu-Gooty (28 Kms).

With regard to Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLCs), SCR has continued its program towards elimination of all UMLCs. During 2016-17, 149 (UMLCs) were eliminated. In addition, 31 Manned Railway Level Crossing were also shut during the year. Likewise 79 Road Over Bridges and Subways were also completed, which not just contributed to enhancing the Safety standards but also led to smoothing of road traffic.

SCR accords highest priority to maintenance of bridges, which is critical to Safety of Train Operations. During 2016-17, 75 Bridges were rehabilitated on the Zone’s network.

The stress towards enhancing freight traffic, includes provision of freight terminals to handle the cargo. Out of 45 freight terminals which came up on Indian Railways during 2016-17, 06 Freight Terminals pertain to SCR which were opened at Banaganapalle, Shankarpalli and Narsingapalli (Private Freight Terminals) and three Private Sidings at Bugganapalli, Janpahad and Tandur.

SCR Earns a Revenue of Rs. 3565 Cr in Passenger Segment -Records 375.8 Million Travellers

South Central Railway has provided transportation facility to 375.8 million passengers during the Financial Year 2016-17 as against 366.6 million passenger in the previous financial year,  which is higher by 9.16 million passengers.

The total earnings of passenger services is estimated to be around Rs. 3564.8 Crore during the financial year which is the highest ever passenger earning record in the history of South Central Railway. These passenger earnings are Rs. 252 Crore higher than previous year.

Some of the highlights on Passenger  Transportation Sector are:-

  • New Services: South Central Railway introduced 9 new train services to facilitate passengers, 7 trains were extended to run more distance and frequency was increased for 1 train.
  • Augmentation: South Central Railway attached 40 coaches in regular trains, generating an additional capacity of 2, 600 berths every day. Where as 14, 741 coaches were attached during 2016-17 on temporary basis generating additional capacity of 6 lakh berths.
  • Special Trains: South Central Railway operated about 1, 468 trips of special trains services on various occassions to clear extra rush of passengers. The special trains were run to destinations from Hyderabad City to Jaipur, Bikaner, Raxual, Madurai, Kochuvelli and Tata Nagar etc.
    • To meet the passenger demand in the summer season more than 400 trains have been announced and 2000+ coaches were proposed for temporary augmentation.
    • During 12 day Krishna Pushkaram period in August, 2016, 13 railway stations were identified as Pushkaram Rail Heads and special arrangements for pilgrim traffic were made. 691 speical trains were run, 4871 extra coaches were attached, 107 temporary stoppages were provided and 4.26 million passengers were carried.
  • Stoppages: 58 new stoppages have been provided for the convinince of passengers.
  • Speeding up of trains: 69 trains have been speeded up to rationalize the time taken for transportation of the passengers. 3 trains have been converted to superfast express trains for speedy transportation.
  • Ticket checking: 1.69 lakh ticket checking cases were registered against ticket less travellers to comfort genuine travellers, which is 4.7 % more than last year. Ticket checking earnings recorded Rs. 1.85 crore more than last year. Total earning from ticket checking is estimated to be Rs. 125 crore.

SCR’s Freight traffic rise in March, 2017 takes the annual loading of  the Zone to 96.83 Million Tonnes

South Central Railway has loaded 9.44 Million Tonnes (MTs) of Freight traffic in the Month of March, 2017, around 8.36% more as compared to the same month of March in 2016. This rise in performance reversed the sluggish trend for the earlier months on account of fall in imports and market conditions.

The loading also contributed to maximize SCR’s freight loading for the financial year 2016-17 which reached to 96.83 MTs. The annual revenue of SCR, generated on freight traffic was to the tune of Rs. 7934.7 Cr for the year 2016-17.

During 2016-17 the loading of Iron Ore on SCR was to the extent of 0.63 MTs, Raw Material for Steel Plants was 3.18 MTs (+13.6% over last year), Coal loading was to the extent of 52.65 MTs and loading of other goods was 4.88 MTs.

The initiatives undertaken to boost freight traffic on the Zone in 2016-17 include-

  • Opening of 6 freight terminals. These are – 1 terminal served by Banaganapalle station of Guntakal Division; 2 private terminals, served by Shankarpalli station on Secunderabad Division and Narsingapalli on Vijayawada Division; 3 private sidings opened at Bugganapalli in Guntakal Division, Janpahad in Guntur Division and Tandur in Secunderabad Division.
  • New customers were tapped for loading onions on Nanded Division, Timber waste from Jagityal, Fertilizer and Fodder from Kakinada, Containers from Eluru and Cement from Chittapur.
  • Various steps have been undertaken to increase the average speed of goods trains by 20%, resulting in improved wagon turn around.
  • Handling of rakes (goods train) at goods terminals improved by 8%.

Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, SCR has chalked out elaborate plans and reviewed all the aspects pertaining to freight loading on the Zone on a continuous basis. He also spelt out to SCR officials, the need to optimize freight loading in the current fiscal 2017-18, from the beginning of the year, meeting the needs of customers and reaching out to new avenues of freight business.