Shri A.K. Rai, Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Circle, Bengaluru conducted a statutory inspection of Unkal – Hulkoti Railway Electrification work today.
The 47 Route KM length of Unkal- Hulkoti Railway Electrification is a part of the Hosapete-Hubballi-Londa-Vasco Da Gama Electrification project. It is being executed by Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL).
Shri A.K. Rai inspected the Electrified section and checked various safety parameters. He inspected Unkal, SSS Hubballi Junction, Kusugal, Hebsur, Sisvinahalli, Navalgund, and Annigeri stations.
Shri A.K. Rai also inspected Foot Over Bridges, Road Over Bridge, Level Crossing gates, Major & Minor Bridges, Curves in the section.
He also inspected Sectioning Post (SP) at Sisvinahalli and Sub sectioning & Paralleling Posts (SSPs) at Kusugal & Annigeri. A short circuit test was conducted at Hulkoti. Later a Speed Trial with Electric Loco was conducted from Hulkoti to Unkal.
Shri Arvind Malkhede, Hubballi Divisional Railway Manager; Shri Manoj Mahajan, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer; Shri Dinesh Jain, General Manager, RVNL; Shri Srinivasulu, Joint General Manager/RVNL, and other Officers were present.
Electrification will significantly improve mobility of trains on SWR and strengthen the Rail network in Karnataka, in addition to the reduction in pollution levels.
Shri Siddharooda Swamiji (SSS) Hubballi junction is now end-to-end electrified, We can expect E-locos to haul a few trains soon. Hampi express train is most likely to get end-to-end E-loco soon.