Andhra Pradesh

At 53, South Central Railway chugs merrily

A file photo of the Old Railway station in Vijayawada.

A file photo of the Old Railway station in Vijayawada.  

Formation day celebrations today

South Central Railway (SCR) zone, which was inaugurated on October 2, 1966, has completed 53 years of glorious service. Celebrations will be organised to mark the occasion on Wednesday.

The then Minister for Railways S.K. Patil inaugurated it in Secunderabad on the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.

The zone has many achievements in passenger service, creating records in freight loading, engineering, mechanical, e-ticketing, signal engineering, and energy conservation.

Vital links

SCR with a route km length of 6,234 and 754 stations, has vital links to connect the north, east and west directions of the country.

In the first financial year, SCR loaded 11 million tonnes, which went up to 100 million tonnes in 2011-12 and during 2018-19 (this year), it has touched the highest ever of 122.5 million tonnes.

The first year SCR’s operations registered 115 million originating passengers and this year it has touched 383 million.

As regards earnings, from ₹68.06 crore in 1967-68, they have risen to ₹15,640 crore now. Beginning with 350 passenger trains, the zone is currently handling about 750 every day.

Engineering marvels

SCR has gained international recognition for constructing some engineering marvels such as the bow string-shaped third Godavari bridge, rail-cum-road bridge across the Godavari, the Krishna Canal bridge and the longest electrified tunnel ( 6.6 km) near Cherlopalli.

Three modern electric loco sheds would be set up at Lallaguda, Vijayawada and Kazipet.

The mechanical wing would soon establish a mid-life coach rehabilitation workshop at Kurnool, at an estimated cost of ₹283 crore, the railway officials said. The zone won six awards in 2018 and four awards this year from the Ministry of Power in recognition of its achievements in energy conservation, the SCR authorities said.

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