SWR lays 91km of new Railway lines in two years

Hubli: The South Western Railway (SWR) has laid 91km of new railway lines and completed 114km of double-tracking work over the last two years.

While 51km of new railway lines and 38km of doubling was completed in the financial year 2014-15, 40km of new lines and 76km of doubling was completed in 2015-16, chief PRO, SWR Hubli, E Vijaya

While the double-tracking of Hospet-Hubli-Londa-Vasco and Bengaluru-Hubli lines is in progress, the cabinet committee on economic affairs chaired by Prime MinisterNarendra Modi has recently given its approval for doubling of the Pune-Miraj-Londarailway line.

The doubling of Hospet-Hubli-Londa-Tinaighat-Vasco section has been undertaken at a total cost of 2,127 crore.

The work on Hospet-Hubli-Londa-Tinaighat section (245km) has been taken up under phase one at an estimated cost of 928.85 crore and is expected to be completed by 2018.

The doubling of Pune-Miraj-Londa route is estimated to cost 3,627.47 crore. The estimated completion cost has been pegged at 4,246.84 crore with 5% escalation per annum.

“To enhance safety of train operations, 75 level crossing gates were eliminated by constructing subways during 2014-15 while 53 unmanned level crossings were eliminated during 2015-16,” the SWR press note adds. Right On Track

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