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Guntakal–Kalluru double line is now fit to operate passenger train services with electric traction

Hyderabad, Jan 24 (UNI) The Double Line between Guntakal and Kalluru for a distance of 41 Route Km has been completed along with electrification in all respects.

Railway Safety Commissioner has inspected the electrified Double Line and has given certification as fit to run passenger train services with immediate effect, SCR said in a statement, here on Friday.

The 41km rail line between Guntakal- Kalluru is an important by-pass rail line connecting the main line in which trains from Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad are run towards Bengaluru.

Since the potential of the existing line is improved by strengthening the track along with flattening of almost 20 curves existing in the section, the maximum speed on the track also enhanced from 70 Kmph to 100 Kmph.

This enabled to run all types of passenger services with electric traction in this vital rail line which acts as bypass line for the trains bound to south direction from northern areas and vice-versa.

The line was earlier a single line with trains running on diesel traction. In order to improve the mobility of train operations and also to strengthen the infrastructural facilities the Zone has proposed for doubling and electrification of this vital rail link.

Accordingly, work was sanctioned in the year 2015-16 with an estimated cost of Rs. 357 Crore.

The Project was completed in different phases -- Doubling of section between Khadarpet -Gullapalyamu, Electrification of entire single line, doubling between Guntakal - Gullapalyamu, Doubling between Khadarpet - Kalluru and finally electrification of Second line.

With this, one more significant step has been taken towards fulfilling the dreams of Rayalaseema people to have better rail connectivity and more number of trains.

The section between Guntakal and Kalluru is the most accessible shortest route to many important cities of southern states, from where railway lines going towards Hyderabad, Raichur, Bellary, Hubli, Goa and the National capital New Delhi.

Iron ore and other bulk commodities such as cement, steel are being moved on this route to North and South directions.

In a statement, South Central Railways General Manager Gajanan Mallya, has congratulated all the Officials and staff involved in completion of this vital project of Rayalaseema region.

He opined that completion of this project has paved way for smooth and timely running of freight trains as well as enhancement of passenger train services.

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