Shri A. K. Rai, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS)/ Southern Circle, Bengaluru conducted statutory inspection of newly laid double line between Chikodi Road and Raybag stations (13.94 Km) as a part of doubling between Londa-Miraj on 24.11.2020. This double line between Raybag and Chikodi is part of the 186 km of doubling of Londa – Miraj project sanctioned in 2015-16 at a cost of Rs.1191 Cr.
- CRS conducted Motor trolley inspection of track between Chikodi to Raybag and later speed trial @130 Kmph was conducted.
- Dy. CRS Shri Srinivas accompanied CRS during the inspection.
- The speed trial conducted was very smooth.
- The inspection commenced from Chikkodi at 09.30 hrs. and finished at Raybag at 12.30 hrs.
- At Raybag, Station yard and Raybag Station building with passenger amenities was also inspected.
- The new BG doubling line is in Belagvi district of Karnataka state and will be opened to simultaneously for goods and passenger traffic between Chikodi Road and Raybag stations.
- There are 21 Minor Bridges, 4 Road Under bridges and one Canal Bridge on this section.
- One manned Level crossing with Spl Class interlocking has been provided.
- The doubling between Ghatprabha to Chikodi Road (16 Km) was commissioned last year.
- This section between Kuduchi to Raybag is targeted for commissioning by this financial year.
- During the period of Late Suresh Angadi, MoSR, this project was being personally monitored by MoSR for improving connectivity between Bengaluru to Mumbai.
- Doubling and Electrification work are in progress and once this is completed Bengaluru to Mumbai connectivity will further be strengthened.
- Chikodi Station is a four Road station provided with Electronic interlocking with centralized operation of points and signals from operator VDU (Dual VDU) with multiple Aspect colour light signals and motor operated points.
- Raybag Station is a five Road station provided with Electronic interlocking with centralized operation of points and signals from operator VDU (Dual VDU) with multiple Aspect colour light signals and motor operated points.
Shri K C Swami, CAO/CN, Shri Viswas Kumar, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Hubballi Division, Shri T V Bhusan, CE/CN/II/UBL & Shri G Santhiram, CSTE/CN accompanied CRS for Inspection from Chikodi to Raybag.
South Western Railway (SWR) has used the lockdown period to complete major track maintenance works, which has helped increase the sectional speed (speed at which train runs) between stations. Maintenance of track is an integrated part of train operations and has a direct impact on both the safety of tracks as well as in maintaining the maximum permissible speed of the trains.
- Maintaining the railway lines, points, crossings, sleepers and ballast for enhancing the safety, speed and reliability are being taken-up during the maintenance.
- On SWR track maintenance works are being regularly carried out between Londa and Miraj section and Londa and Vasco sections of Hubli division.
- This facilitated increase in sectional speed from 100 Kmph to 110 Kmph.
- Faster trains can be run now due to this enhancement of speed.
- Works such as increase in super-elevation at curves, correction of transition length, through tamping, attending points and crossings with track machine named UNIMAT have been completed enabling this speed increase.
- Recouping of Ballast to maintain cushion, recouping missing permanent way fittings have also been completed.
- After inspection, Commissioner of Railway Safety has permitted increasing of sectional speed for 186 Km between Londa to Miraj and 19 Km between Sanvordem – Vasco of Hubli Division.
Details of increase in speed permitted by CRS is as below:
Londa – Miraj Section – 186 Km.
- Between Km 559/450 to 745/200 from 105 Kmph to 110 kmph in Sanvordem – Vasco section – 19 Km.
- Between Km 69.13 to 82.75 from 100 Kmph to 110 Kmph.
- Between Km 92.50 to 99.30 from 100 Kmph to 110 Kmph.
Source: South Western Railway-Press Release