Chennai to Bengaluru @160 kmph? Southern Railway inching nearer to reality- The New Indian Specific


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CHENNAI: With the railway board granting ‘in precept’ approval for upgrading monitor to run trains at 160 kmph in eight routes connecting Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Puri, the Southern Railway (SR) determined to nominate a advisor for getting ready a Detailed Challenge Report (DPR) for growing the monitor pace between Chennai and Bengaluru.

The railway board had determined to improve 9,628-km monitor alongside eight routes within the quadrilateral part and diagonal routes within the nation for speeds of 160 kmph. It additionally nominated the SR as a nodal company for getting ready DPR for the 362 km Chennai-Bengaluru route, a latest order revealed.

Official sources mentioned the DPR will decide the techno-economic feasibility of the mission (enhancing the pace to 160 kmph) and supply technical inputs required. The railway board has already issued numerous insurance policies for attaining a pace of 160 kmph. Now, a DPR will assess the out there infrastructure alongside this route and establish the work to be carried out to realize 160 kmph pace in all elements of the practice operations.

Elaborating additional, a railway official mentioned, the DPR will assess the variety of level-crossings, everlasting pace restrictions, energy of monitor formation, situation of monitor and fittings, bridge energy, and fence necessities. On the ability entrance, current provide capability, various traction substations (TSS), impartial part, and situation of different traction fittings and infrastructure can be studied.

Equally, necessities relating to signalling system, interlocking of degree crossing gates, and the requirement of Prepare Safety and Warning System (TPWS) can be studied. The DPR may also assess the upkeep amenities of rolling inventory and suggest superior automated and instrumented diagnostic programs, added the official.

A number of years in the past, a DPR on a high-speed hall between Chennai and Bengaluru steered straightening of curves on tracks at over 200 locations for attaining 160 kmph. However the proposal didn’t take off. A railway official mentioned work to reinforce the monitor pace to 130 kmph in Arakkonam-Jolarpettai, Arakkonam-Renigunta and Chennai-Gudur part is being carried out and is within the ultimate stage of completion.



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