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PR. No. 631 - SCR Commissions Double Line with Electrification Between Gajjelakonda - Tarlupadu

- Part of Guntur - Guntakal Doubling & Electrification Project

The infrastructure development works across South Central Railway have been progressing o­n fast pace and various sections have been commissioned as part of doubling, tripling & electrification projects during the current financial year. Moving in the same direction, doubling with electrification between Gajjelakonda - Tarlupadu for a distance of 25 Kms has been completed & commissioned by the Zone. The section has been commissioned as part of the Guntur - Guntakal Doubling & Electrification Project.

The Guntur - Guntakal Section is vital rail link connecting the coastal belt of Andhra Pradesh State with Rayalaseema region and beyond South. This line passes through Guntur, Prakasham, Palnadu, Nandyal and Kurnool Districts connecting the hinterland areas. Guntur - Guntakal Doubling & Electrification project, with a view to provide seamless transportation and ease the congestion o­n this section, was sanctioned in the year 2016-17, for a distance of 405 Kms with an estimated cost of Rs 3887 Crores. So far, doubling & electrification between Nallapadu – Satulur (32 kms), Maddikera – Pendekallu - Dhone (58 Kms) and Gajjelakonda - Gundlakamma (37 Kms) has already been completed and commissioned.

Now, with the completion of another 25 Kms between Gajjelakonda - Tarlupadu, a total of 152 Kms stretch of doubling works with electrification has been completed o­n the Guntur – Guntakal section. The works in the balance sections of the project are in fast progress.

As part of Doubling & Electrification works, yard remodelling and new signalling arrangements have been done at Gajjelakonda with Electronic Interlocking (EI) system consisting of 51 routes, at Markapur Road with EI system consisting of 42 routes and at Tarlupadu with EI system consisting of 40 routes. The double line section is permitted to operate the trains with the maximum speed of 90 Kmph.

Shri Arun Kumar Jain, General Manager (in-charge), SCR complimented the Officials and staff of Construction Organisation & Guntur Division who are involved in the completion of the project. He stated that o­nce the entire project is completed, it increases overall train handling capacity of the section and improves the potential of running more number of train services through this section.

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