CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
Guntur Division was formed in April, 2003 by merging sections handed over by Vijayawada, Secunderabad and Guntakal Division.All these sections were branch lines and were badly neglected.All out efforts are being made to improve the quality of track.Out of a total of 618.48 route kilometers, 582.42 kms are in ‘B’ route, 35.01 kms are in ‘D’ route and 32.06 kms are in ‘E’ route.Track between Guntur and Nandyal passes through thick Nallamala forests in a ghat section stretching over 32 kms.There are two tunnels i.e. Bogada tunnel (1.5 kms) and Chelama tunnel (250 metres).The ruling gradient is 1 in 100.The track between Krishna Canal and Nandyal passing through Guntur and Nallapadu is CC+8+2 route and has also been identified for running 25 ton axle loads.To make it fit for this load, bridges are being replaced/strengthened.The other major section is from Guntur to Pagidipalli towards Secunderabad direction which is basically catering to coaching traffic.
Improvements to Track:
At the time of formation of this Division, 110 kms of track was having CST9 sleepers and 75 kms was on 90R rails.All these have been renewed with PSC track with 52 kg rails.
All looplines of twin blocks/CST9/ST/W sleeper have been replaced with PSC sleepers and 90R rails renewed with 52 kg rails.
All loop lines on the section between Nallapadu and Nandyal have been upgraded from 15 kmph to 30 kmph in August, 2011.This has substantially enhanced the line capacity as well as the punctuality in this section.
Making loop line track as LWR’s is in progress.
120 sets of fan shaped layouts and 80 sets of trap switches have been laid.
On date, the entire track of Guntur Division is with PSC sleepers with minimum 52 kg rail sections.
All bridges have been provided with steel channel sleepers.
90% of the track has been deep screened and balance is in progress.
Performance of key areas from the formation of this Division till date is as under
Performance in key areas
(Upto Jan ’12)
The Division has launched a major programme of replacing, RCC T-Beam/RCC slabs of 6.10m spans with PSC slabs to make them fit for 25 tonne axle loads.Out of 17 bridges (Total 29 spans), 15 have been replaced and balance 2 are in progress two Girder bridges of 12.19m spans (Total 7 spans) MBG girders have been replaced with new welded girders to suit 25 Tonne axle loads.
Elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings:
In a route kilometerage of 618 kms, this Division was saddled with 373 level crossing (137 manned & 236 unmanned).During the last two year 52 unmanned level crossing have been eliminated by way of closure/limited height subway/manning.This is a quantum jump over the progress upto the year 2009-10 when only one or two unmanned level crossings were being eliminated every year.
Traffic Facility Works:
Traffic facility works were accorded the highest priority and close monitoring of progress of works was done to ensure timely completion of Additional loop lines at 07 stations. During the last two years 7 new crossing station, 7 additional loop lines have been added.This has substantially enhanced the line capacity and has eased the train operations.4 more new crossing stations and 6 additional loop lines are in the pipeline and likely to be executed in the next one year.Expenditure on TF works increased from Rs 1.1 crores in 2005-06 to Rs 8.02 crores in 10-11.
The sections which were taken from the adjacent Divisions to form Guntur Division were not part of ‘Main line’ sections of the parent divisions.Hence, the amenities available for staff such as Quarters, Community Halls etc., was not in good condition and were in a state of neglect when the Division was formed.After formation of the Division, substantial inputs have been planned to bring these facilities at par with the major divisions.A new Community Hall ‘Rail Mahal’ has been constructed in the heart of the city for the benefit of Railway staff.The Community hall is having a seating capacity of 1000 is provided with marble flooring, spacious dining hall and other amenities.IT has recently been made air conditioned.
‘Rail Vihar Colony’ – A new colony for officers and staff has been developed at Nallapadu.DRM’s bungalow has been built on a hillock and beneath the hillock a huge artificial lake has been created to store the rain water.The valley surrounding the lake has been aesthetically landscaped.
Guntur Division has one ‘A’ class and 3 ‘B’ class stations.Majority of the stations in the Division are ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’ class stations.Neglected for long these stations were lacking in essential amenities for the traveling public.During the past years tremendous thrust was given to provide essential amenities like raised platforms, extension of platforms, platform shelters, seating arrangements etc.Passenger lift is provided on PF No.1 of Guntur station.
The division has implemented the following works some of which are first of its kind:
·Outsourcing of manpower requirement for USFD testing.
·Outsourcing of manpower requirement for Track Machines.
·Security Patrolling with outside agency for prevention of ablusion on track in sub-urban limits of town/cities to prevent corrosion of rails and to improve hygienic working conditions on track for safe working of trackmen.
Mobile Flash Butt Welding Plant:
First time in Indian Railways, TWR by Mobile Flash Butt Welding Plant was carried out in open line by doing flash butt welding of free rails into 3 to 4 rail panels in depots developed all along the track at every 3 kms distance and converting these 4 rail panels into 1 km length panels at the site by taking 3 Hrs line block by deploying MFBW plant on to track
RGM sidings have been provided at every 50km distance along with Track machine staff Rest House and Track machine sidings for better utilization of track machines in the Division.
Trolley Refugees with released PSC sleepers are being provided all over the division.
Boundary Posts are provided with released PSC sleepers over a length of 150 kms.
The average TGI for Guntur Division is 82.18