- This provides continuous double line connectivity with electrification for 186 kms between Vijayawada - Gudivada - Bhimavaram Town - Narsapur; Gudivada - Machilipatnam and Bhimavaram Town -Aravalli
South Central Railway has completed and commissioned 45 Kms of Double Line & Electric traction between Bhimavaram Town – Narsapur & Bhimavaram Town – Aravalli. The commissioning of Doubling with Electrification in these sections provides continuous double line rail connectivity, along with electrification, for a combined distance of 186 kms between Vijayawada - Gudivada - Bhimavaram Town - Narsapur; Gudivada – Machilipatnam and Bhimavaram Town - Aravalli. With this, the entire project is now operational with Double line along with electrification except for a small stretch of 35 Kms between Aravalli - Nidadavolu.
The commissioning of Doubling of these sections between Bhimavaram Town - Narsapur & Bhimavaram Town - Aravalli along with electrification is part of the Vijayawada – Gudivada – Bhimavaram – Narsapur, Gudivada – Machilipatnam & Narsapur – Nidadavolu Doubling and Electrification project. The project was sanctioned in the year 2011-12 for a distance of 221 Kms at an estimated cost of Rs. 3,000 Crore, and is being executed by RVNL (Rail Vikas Nigam Limited). This is a prestigious project in the coastal belt of Andhra Pradesh and boosts the development of the region.
Now, a total of 186 Kms stretch stands commissioned out of 221 Kms total length of the project. Works in the left-over section i.e., between Aravalli - Bhimavaram Town for a distance of 35 Kms, are progressing at a fast pace and are nearing completion.
Benefits of this project
ü The project will significantly strengthen Rail infrastructure and connectivity by providing seamless movement of freight and passenger traffic.
ü The new double line will enhance the mobility and fulfill the public aspirations with regard to rail transportation.
ü Eases the transportation of agriculture and aqua products, which are resourceful in this area, thereby boosting the socio-economic growth of this region.
ü The electrification works will help in saving energy and reducing fuel expenditure besides reducing carbon foot print.
ü This line also serves as the viable alternate railway line for the coastal rail corridor between Vijayawada – Visakhapatnam.
Shri Sanjeev Kishore, General Manager, SCR complimented the entire team of Vijayawada Division & RVNL authorities for Commissioning of Double Line with Electrification between Aravalli - Bhimavaram Town – Narsapur section. The General Manager also advised to complete the remaining stretch at a fast pace. He opined that, doubling of this crucial line will intensify more avenues to market their products and to explore the new areas at reasonably less transport cost besides providing convenient travel facility for passengers, he added.