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Diesel Loco Shed capacity being doubled

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  • Bangalore-Channasandra loop line via Yeshwantpur and Yelahanka-Byappanahalli loop line via Hebbal to be electrified at a cost of Rs. 21.44 crores
  • Height of platform at Hubli railway station being raised
  • Crossing station planned between Tondebhavi and Gauribidanur

    HUBLI: The capacity of the new Diesel Loco Shed built for the General Motors high-capacity diesel engines is being doubled. The Railway Board has approved a Rs. 13-crore plan to expand the capacity of the diesel shed from 50 to 100 locomotives. This has been included in the work to be started from this year, with an allocation of Rs. 5 lakhs.

    According to official sources, the Railways have decided to go in for the electrification of the Bangalore-Channasandra loop line via Yeshwantpur and the Yelahanka-Byappanahalli loop line via Hebbal at a cost of Rs. 21.44 crores, of which Rs. 18.46 crores is the outlay proposed for the current financial year. This is being done to avoid trains coming from and going to Chennai being detained because the traction changes from electric to diesel and vice versa at the two points. After electrification, it will be possible to accommodate the growing passenger traffic to Bangalore city.

    In Hubli, which is the zonal headquarters of South Western Railway, it is proposed to raise the height of the station platform opposite the office of the Station Superintendent at a cost of Rs. 1 crore. The Railways have also taken up a Rs 1.30-crore scheme to improve the power supply and replenish equipment in the Bangalore Cantonment, Byappanahalli and Bangarpet stations.

    The Railway Board, according to official sources, has approved the proposal for replacing girders with pre-stressed concrete slabs and strengthening the sub-structure of nine bridges on the Guntakal-Wadi line under South Central Railway.

    The girders of these bridges were manufactured in 1911 and 1913 and have been corroded. There is a 50 kmph speed restriction on these bridges.

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