-The electrification of this section provides continuous electrified rail line facility right from Secunderabad - Dharmavaram of SCR & Dharmavaram - Bengaluru of SWR, thereby enabling operation of trains with electric traction
At the Verge of the financial year 2022-2023, South Central Railway has speeded up electrification works on large scale, thereby adding more electrified sections to SCR network. In this direction, SCR has completed electrification works between Gadwal - Kurnool City for a distance of 54 Route Kms (RKm). This has enabled the continuous electrified railway line facility from Secunderabad - Dharmavaram of the Zone and the trains operated in this section can now be taken under electric traction.
The section between Gadwal - Kurnool city stations has been electrified as part of Dhone – Kurnool City – Mahabubnagar; Secunderabad - Mudkhed – Manmad electrification project. This project was taken up under the revised sanction of Rs 916.07 Crores in the year 2018-19. The portion between Secunderabad – Mahabubnagar has already been electrified as part of separate project. The sections between Mahabubnagar - Gadwal & Kurnool city– Dhone have already been completed under this project. The electrification of sections between Dhone - Gooty - Dharmavaram of SCR and Dharmavaram - Bengaluru City of SWR has also been completed. Hence, both passenger and freight trains can now seamlessly travel from Hyderabad – Dharmavaram and beyond up to Bengaluru enabling running of trains with electric traction on end to end basis.
The operation of trains with electric traction helps in reducing the carbon emission and proves to be environment friendly. It helps the rail passengers by providing seamless movement of trains by avoiding change in traction power, reduces enroute detention of both the coaching and freight trains and improves the average speed of the trains. It has the potential to introduce more trains in these sections due to the enhancement of sectional capacity. With regards to Railways, Fuel costs can be saved on large scale and also helps in operational efficiency.
Shri Arun Kumar Jain, General Manager, South Central Railway has congratulated Officers and Staff of Electrical wing for the excellent teamwork and dedication put-up for executing the electrification works. The General Manager has stated that with the completion of electrification of this stretch between Gadwal - Kurnool Stations, The Zone is planning to introduce electric trains in the entire section between Secunderabad - Bengaluru thereby enabling seamless connectivity. He also stated that the Zone is inching towards 100% electrification of existing broad gauge lines across its rail network on a mission mode.