Doubling of 69 km railway line in Andhra Pradesh commissioned

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Sanctioned in 2011-12, the newly commissioned double line is part of the Vijayawada-Gudivada – Bhimavaram – Narsapur, Gudivada – Machilipatnam & Narsapur – Nidadavolu doubling and electrification project of SCR which is being executed at a cost of Rs.3000 crore.

In a record breaking feat on South Central Railway (SCR), the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) has completed and commissioned the Doubling of Uppaluru-Gudivada-Moturu, Gudivada-Machilipatnam Lines of SCR on Thursday, October 22.

A statement released by SCR at Hyderabad termed the attainment as a gift for the people of Andhra Pradesh in the ensuing festive season. The completion of this project will create an alternate railway route to the Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada trunk route.

Sanctioned in 2011-12, the newly commissioned double line is part of the Vijayawada-Gudivada – Bhimavaram – Narsapur, Gudivada – Machilipatnam & Narsapur – Nidadavolu doubling and electrification project of SCR which is being executed at a cost of Rs.3000 crore.

RVNL was appointed the executing agency for the project. Out of 221 km, work on 124 km is now complete. The remaining work on 97 km of the line is due for completion by mid-2021.

The line has been designed for 25 ton axle loads for a maximum permissible speed of 110 kmph. 60 kg rail and PSC sleepers were used with mobile flash butt welding plant welding of rail joints. 11 Major Bridges and 222 Minor Bridges have been constructed by using the latest in bridge engineering technology.

Giving a big thrust to train handling capacities, 7 station yards of Uppaluru, Indupalli, Gudivada, Moturu, Pedana, Kavutaram and Machilipatnam have been remodelled as part of the doubling work, said the SCR statement.

In addition to significantly strengthening rail transport infrastructure for seamless movement of freight and passenger traffic on rails, the new double line is bound to serve public aspirations in several ways, a UNI report said.

Business activity in the entire hinterland of the region, ranging from agriculture to aquaculture will get a big boost with access to various markets becoming more easy and convenient.

State-of-the-art Signalling and Telecommunication features such as Electronic Interlocking and Integrated Power Supply have been used in the entire section to match the best on Indian Railways (with inputs from agencies)

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