- 57.70 Rkm between Gadwal - Raichur and 60.40 Rkm between Kohir Deccan - Khanapur in the state of Telangana & Karnataka
-44.30 Rkm between Pimpalkhuti - Kosai covering Telangana & Maharashtra States[
South Central Railway has taken up electrification of its rail network on war footing, giving a major boost to “Mission electrification” which aims to electrify all the existing Broad Gauge routes over Indian Railways by the end of December 2023. Accordingly, a staggering 162.4 Route Kms of Electrification of Railway lines is completed & commissioned across three sections over the Zone during the current month i.e., January 2022. The sections commissioned for electrification include Gadwal - Raichur for a distance of 57.70 Rkm, Kohir Deccan - Khanapur for a distance of 60.40 Rkm, Pimpalkhuti - Kosai for a distance of 44.30 Rkm covering different parts of Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra States.
The section between Gadwal - Raichur is the new railway line commissioned in the year 2013 for a distance of 57.70 Kms, which was sanctioned for electrification in the year 2018-19 at an estimated cost of Rs 46 crores. This line provides shortest & direct rail connectivity between the two major sections i.e., Secunderabad – Dhone and Wadi – Guntakal. Out of 57.70 Kms, the distance of 37 Kms falls in Telangana state, while 20.70 Kms falls in Karnataka state. The electrification works of the entire section have been now completed and commissioned.
The stretch between Kohir Deccan - Khanapur for a distance of 60.40 Kms is part of Vikarabad - Parli section (269 Kms), which is sanctioned for electrification in the year 2018-19 at an estimated cost of Rs 262 Crores. The stretch between Vikarabad - Kohir Deccan for a distance of 45 Kms has been commissioned in March, 2021. Out of 60.4 Kms, 26.7 Kms falls in the state of Karnataka, while 33.7 Kms fall in the state of Telangana. Now, with the electrification of 60.4 Kms between Kohir - Khanapur, the continuous stretch of 105 Kms comes under electric traction. Further, the trains originating and terminating from Bidar to different directions can now run with electric engine, which will help in environmental protection besides energy saving. The Works in the remaining stretches are also in fast progress.
The stretch between Pimpalkhuti - Kosai for a distance of 44.3 Kms is part of Mudkhed - Pimpalkhuti (183 Kms), for which electrification was sanctioned in the year 2018-19 at an estimated cost of around Rs 167 Crores. Out of 44.3 Kms, 40.3 Kms fall under Telangana State, while 4 Kms fall under Maharashtra state. The works in the remaining portion are also in fast progress.
The electrification of these railway lines will significantly strengthen Rail infrastructure in the state of Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra state and provide seamless movement of freight and passenger traffic, besides reducing the enroute detentions. Electrification of railway lines in these sections immensely benefit the Railways by reducing the fuel expenditure, while also being environment friendly, as it reduces the emission of carbon foot prints.
Shri Sanjeev Kishore, General Manager, SCR expressed his happiness on completion of electrification works in such a large scale. He complimented the officials for completing the project works in these three sections. The General Manager has stated that, the electrification works are being carried out on large scale in different sections of the Zone to achieve the target by the end of the financial year.