Hyderabad: The South Central Railway (SCR) has completed the construction of 46-km Piduguralla–Savalyapuram railway track and commissioned it for train operations. The new railway line is a part of the Nadikudi-Srikalahasti railway line project in Andhra Pradesh.
The new line between Piduguralla will facilitate the direct traffic movement from Secunderabad to Dhone bypassing the Nallapadu Junction. The new railway line via Nadikudi will reduce the distance between the destinations by 96 km.
The Commission of Railway Safety indicated that the maximum permissible speed to run on this track is 80 kmph.
The proposed new line will facilitate freight transportin the mineral-rich belt of Andhra Pradesh. With the construction of this new
railway line, the distance between Guntur and Tirupati will get reduced. This will also provide the alternative route between Vijayawada and Chennai, as the present route in the coastal belt, when subjected to cyclones and floods, results in serious rail traffic disruption.
“The completion of this project paved the way for smooth and timely running of freight trains as well as enhancement of passenger trains,”
said Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, South Central Railway. This railway line will connect the interior regions of Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore districts on the rail map.
The new line was sanctioned in 2011-12 for a distance of 309 km atan estimated cost of Rs 2,289 crore on a sharing basis between the Railways and the Government of Andhra Pradesh.