‘The Rs.1,200-crore project will take at least three years for completion'
The execution of works on doubling of the Vijayawada-Gudivada-Bhimavam-Nidadavolu and Guntur-Tenali sections of the South Central Railway would be taken up within the next six months along with electrification. The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, the nodal agency for implementing the Railways Projects, sent its Chief Projects Manager P. Srinivas on the final survey of the routes – including those loop lines towards Machilipatnam to finalise the estimates.
The project minute details would be worked out in the next few days and tenders floated for contractors to take up the project on a turnkey basis, the Chief Project Manager told The Hindu on Wednesday.
This project, soon after tendering process is completed, will be grounded within six months, and according to the Union Railway Budget provisions, the Vijayawada-Nidadavolu section, including loop-line, will require 220 km of track-laying along with electric lines.
The Rs.1,200-crore project will take at least three years of work before it is ready for commissioning.
The 25-km stretch between Guntur and Tenali project is also in a similar state with final survey completed and the estimates being finalised for the Rs.300-crore tendering process, he added. To be launched as a project on a contributory basis, with 50 per cent of the project cost coming from State Government, this will largely de-congest the Vijayawada–Visakhapatnam section and Tenali–Vijayawada section, allowing an alternative for goods trains and some of the passenger trains too. Meanwhile, the speeding up of the running time of trains is also being done between Vijayawada and Anakapalle stations with block signals.
This is being done so that a particular section of the track between two stations becomes ready for allowing another train in the same direction.