New line commissioned between Bapatla – Tsunduru, enhancing regional rail connectivity

In a significant step toward enhancing rail connectivity, the South Central Railway has successfully commissioned a new 32 km third line between Bapatla and Tsunduru with electrification. This critical segment is part of the extensive Vijayawada – Gudur tripling and electrification project. The completion of this line means a continuous 106 km stretch from Tsunduru to Surareddipalem is now fully operational with a third rail and electrification.

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South Central Railway is giving a major focus towards creation of infrastructure in terms of additions to its rail network for enhancing its rail handling capacity. Accordingly, o­ne more section between Bapatla – Tsunduru for a distance of 32 Kms has been successfully completed and commissioned.

This section is part of Vijayawada – Gudur Tripling & electrification project, o­ne of the o­ngoing major projects in the state of Andhra Pradesh and this stretch of railway line falls under Bapatla District. With the tripling of this stretch, now, a continuous stretch of 106 Kms between Surareddipalem – Tsunduru will have a third line facility along with electrification.

Significance of the Project:

  • Situated in the Grand Trunk route along the Coastal region of Andhra Pradesh, the section between Vijayawada – Gudur on SCR plays a vital role in connecting the Northern and Eastern parts of the country with the Southern states.
  • This route has become highly congested with the steady increase in both Passenger and Freight trains.
  • To decongest this crucial section, the Vijayawada – Gudur Third line project was sanctioned in the year 2015-16 for a distance of 288 Kms at an approximate cost of Rs. 3246 crores. The work is being executed by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited.

Work completed till date:

  • Works have been taken up simultaneously in all the stretches. So far, the sections between Gudur – Singarayakonda for a distance of 127 Kms and the stretch between Bapatla -Surareddipalem for a distance of 74 kms have been completed and commissioned successfully. Now, with the completion of the 32 Kms section between Bapatla – Tsunduru, the total of 233 Kms of the total section stands electrified along with the third line.


This infrastructure enhancement underscores South Central Railway’s commitment to improving rail services and fulfilling the increasing transportation demands of the region, propelling Andhra Pradesh towards improved connectivity and economic growth.

Source: SCR – Press Release | Images Credit (representational): SCR