Statutory inspection for opening of newly laid double line Section between Dharwad to Unkal (17 Km) part of the Hubballi – Dharwad section was done by Commissioner of Railway Safety on 14.10.2020. Shri A K Rai, Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Eastern Region inspected the section along with Shri K C Swami, CAO/CN/SWR, Shri Arvind Malkhede, DRM/UBL & Shri P K Shatriya, CPM/RVNL, Smt Madhavi, GGM,S&T/RVNL and Shri Srinivasalu, Dy.CRS. Now the doubling apart from the ghat section in Karnataka, from Hosapeet to Tinaighat has been completed except for a small patch between Hubballi to Unkal (4 km) for which work is in full swing and targeted to be completed shortly. This work is being executed by Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd.
The inspection commenced from Dharwad at 09:00 hrs and en-route, the track, level crossing gates (manned non-interlocked traffic gates) , track curves, bridges, Road over and Under bridges in the section were inspected. During the inspection, all passenger amenities, Foot over bridges and station buildings at Dharwad station, Navalur Station and Unkal were also inspected. At Navalur, goods depot has been developed with 9 tracks facilitating it as a major goods depot and also a C&W checking depot. CRS will give his authorization, after which the double line will be opened for traffic. Non-interlocking work in the section will also be taken up after CRS authorization.