Doubling of the Shadnagar-Gollapalli stretch on the Secunderabad-Mahbubnagar section of South Central Railway has been completed. The second line has been commissioned as of today.
The 29 kilometre Shadnagar-Gollapalli doubling work is part of the Secunderabad-Mahbubnagar doubling project. Sanctioned in 2015-16, the 85 km section was to be doubled at a cost of Rs. 775 crores.
Of this section, the Secunderabad-Umadnagar doubling work was taken up as part of Phase 1 and 2 of the MMTS project. The Umadnagar Mahbubnagar doubling work is being executed separately.
Several modifications and improvements were carried out along with doubling on this route:
- Remodelling work was undertaken at Shadnagar, Gollapalli and Balanagar station yards to accommodate the additional lines.
- Better passenger amenities were added to stations, including new buildings, concourse, platforms and foot over bridges.
- The new line has been designed for speeds of 130 km/h and 25-ton axle loads.
- Four manned level crossings have been eliminated on the section. Road Under Bridges have been constructed to replace them.
- 33 kV and 11 kV overhead powerlines were modified and made underground for better safety and maintainability.
- All three stations on the route have been provided with the latest Electronic Interlocking systems
- Other facilities like video surveillance, optic fibre cabling, lightning protection and modern station master and signalling rooms have been created at the three stations on this stretch.
Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, South Central Railway, has congratulated Hyderabad Division and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited for completion of doubling work.
He also asked RVNL authorities and Hyderabad Division push forward with the same speed and complete the remainder of the project as fast as possible.