221 km railway line commissioned by South Central Railway – The New Indian Express | So Good News


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VIJAYAWADA: The South Central Railway (SCR) has initiated a major 221-km railway doubling and electrification project to give a boost to agriculture and aquaculture in the coastal region of the state. According to SCR officials, the electrification of the last 32.8 km railway stretch between Aravalli and Nidadavolu was initiated, marking the completion of the decade-old project. The vital Vijayawada-Gudivada-Bhimavaram-Narasapuram, Gudivada-Machilipatnam and Narsapur-Nidadavolu doubling and electrification project was sanctioned in 2011-12 at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore.

The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited executed the project in five phases. The doubling and electrification will enable the operation of trains with electric traction on an end-to-end basis on these sections. SCR general manager (in-charge) Arun Kumar Jain called it a “super critical project”, noting that its completion marked another milestone in the development of the railway network in the coastal region.

More importantly, the expanded infrastructure project will increase the transportation of agricultural and aquaculture products. “This is a prestigious project in the coastal belt of the state that will increase the development of the region. This will significantly strengthen the railway infrastructure by offering seamless movement of goods and passenger traffic, said SCR’s Public Relations Officer Ch Rakesh.


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