In a measure towards Green Railway, SWR has decided to operate 4 more trains using E-loco from Hubballi Railway Station. SWR is actively working to switch more trains to Electric engines in the coming days.
The change will be effective from 28.03.2022 for the journey commencing from Tirupati and with effect from 29.03.2022 for the journey commencing from Chhatrapati Sahu Maharaj Terminus Kolhapur.
Earlier, this train was running with Diesel Locomotive from end to end. Haripriya Express will now run with E-loco 64% of the route, between Tirupati and Hubballi (574Kilometers out of 900 Km).
Similarly, Train No. 17313/17314 SSS Hubballi – MGR Chennai Central – SSS Hubballi Express will run with Electric Locomotive between SSS Hubballi and Guntakal with effect from 30.03.2022.
The change will be effective from 30.03.2022 for the journey commencing from SSS Hubballi and with effect from 31.03.2022 for train journey commencing from MGR Chennai Central.
Earlier this train was running with E-loco between Guntakal and MGR Chennai only. Now the train will run by Electric Loco end to end. Running these 4 trains with electrical engines is expected to save more than 5000 liters of Diesel, every day.
Shri Sanjeev Kishore, GM, SWR has said that in the current financial year 2021-22 already 26 trains have been converted to electric traction so far and now 4 more are being added.
SWR in the last two financial years has converted 48 trains to run with Electric loco (24 each year). This has been made possible due to the record electrification drive by SWR (511.7 RKM of Electrification has been completed so far).