Hyderabad: The travel time between Secunderabad and Vijayawada via Kazipet would soon get shorter with South Central Railway (SCR) carrying out works on upgrading maximum permissible speed upto 130 kmph.
This comes in the wake of SCR taking up the upgradation of maximum permissible speed in sections of golden quadrilateral routes. The existing maximum permissible speed between Balharshah-Kazipet-Vijayawada and Kazipet-Secunderabad is 120 kmph. These routes are under the process of speed upgradation up to 130 kmph as per the directives of Railway Board.
As an initial step to measure the track parameters, Research Design and Standards Organisation, Lucknow is conducting oscillation trials through Confirmatory Oscillograph Car Run (COCR) consisting of 24 coaches of all classes. In addition to track parameters, other areas like signalling, traction distribution equipment, locomotive and coach fitness will also be checked and recorded.
These trials have been conducted in July between Balharshah-Kazipet-Secunderabad and Gooty-Renigunta sections. The oscillation trials with COCR were carried out from October 4 to 7 in the remaining sections. Track strengthening and infrastructure enhancement are already in progress in these sections to meet the specified standards.
On completion of the speed trials and its related works, a detailed report will be submitted to Commissioner Railway Safety, Secunderabad circle for obtaining necessary permissions to enhance the maximum permissible speed of all these routes to 130 kmph.
Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, SCR said the enhancement of speed in these important sections of golden quadrilateral routes will boost the operation of passenger and freight trains. Running time of the passenger services can be drastically reduced and this will pave the way for running more number of trains, he said.
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