Hyderabad: Despite Covid-19 pandemic, South Central Railway (SCR) has added a record 308.8 km track to its railway network, which is perhaps the highest in the financial year history of the zone.
The achievement also includes commissioning of 42.5 km of new railway lines, 161.5 km of double lines, 60.4 km of third lines and 44.4 km of gauge conversion works. That’s not all, 750 track km of railway lines were also electrified.
The maximum permissible speed across 3,593 track km has been enhanced, while golden quadrilateral and high density network routes were sanctioned for 130 kmph. In addition, provision of double distant signals for length of 100 route km was taken up zone
According to SCR officials, during the last financial year, the zone witnessed unprecedented challenges in lockdown and also in operation of special trains. However, with efforts put by staff, the zone has recorded major achievements.
The zone came up with a variety of new services such as exclusive milk special trains, parcel express to Bangladesh, which led to registering the best ever parcel revenue of Rs. 108 crores. Around 22 new streams of traffic started in 2020-21 and contributed to Rs. 438 crores in revenue. The zone has achieved Rs. 8498 crores in freight revenue, transporting 95.9 million tonnes.
According priority to safety, SCR eliminated 81 manned level crossing gates and interlocked 13 level crossings. As part of eco-friendly initiatives, all the identified 63 railway stations of the zone have been certified with ISO 14001 and 37 pairs of trains are being operated with HOG technology.
Further, plantation of 18 lakh saplings done by the zone is double the target set by Railway Board. For its performance, SCR has received three National Energy Conservation awards and three Telangana State Energy conservation awards for the year 2020.
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