Guntakal (GTL): South Central Railway completed electrification of two major sections of Renigunta-Guntakal, and Lingampalli-Wadi and is now gearing up to run trains on the new electric traction.
The 310-km long Renigunta to Guntakal section on Chennai-Mumbai route, and the 161-km long Lingampalli to Wadi section on the Secunderabad-Mumbai route would help reduce pollution. “The energization of the last legs in these sections this week marks a giant step forward in the progressive electrification of all major routes on the SCR,” says chief public relations officer Sambasiva Rao.
The electrification of Renigunta-Guntakal route was sanctioned during 2004-05. The track between Renigunta and Muddanur (180 kms) was gradually electrified in various phases from 2008 to 12. Subsequently, works were taken up in the remaining stretch from Muddanur to Guntakal (130 kms). The last leg on the route, a 30-km long Gooty-Guntakal section was charged on December 5, enabling running of goods trains on electric traction seamlessly from Chennai/Krishnapatnam ports to Guntakal.
Currently, 50 goods trains are being run on an average per day in this section.
The SCR is awaiting clearance from the Commissioner of Railway Safety, who is likely to inspect the Muddanur-Guntakal section in January, 2014.
The Lingampalli-Wadi section electrification project covering over 161 kms was sanctioned during 2006-07. Works commenced from Lingampalli and progressed in a phased manner towards Wadi. The goods lines in Wadi yard were energized on December 11. The electrification of passenger lines at Wadi station is likely to be completed in January.
“Electric traction offers pollution-free transportation and considerable fuel economy, which is economically beneficial,” Sambasiva Rao said adding that SCR general manager PK Srivastava wanted officials to speed up the progress of electrification on other sanctioned routes as well.