Double railway track at Srirangapatna to be commissioned on Nov 19
MYSURU: After the Commissioner of Railway Safety approved train operations on the much-delayed track doubling work at Srirangapatna railway station, the newly laid 1.7-km stretch will be commissioned on November 19.
Started in 2008, the double line project at Srirangapatna was expected to be completed by 2011. It was delayed owing to land acquisition, shifting of Tipu Armoury and other problems. While the initial estimated cost of the project was Rs 313 crore, it escalated to Rs 875 crore, including electrification work.
The link was completed after the translocation of Tipu Armoury eight months back. On March 10, the Railways with the help of US-based Wolfe and New Delhi-based PSL Engineering created a record of sort by physically relocating the 1000-tonne Tipu Armoury to nearly 130m from its previous location. Though the initial shifting work started on October 2014, it gained momentum in January this year when experts joined the operation.
Speaking to TOI, Chandrashekar, deputy construction engineer, Mysuru, SWR, said, “The Commissioner of Railway Safety, after inspecting the 1.7-km stretch, permitted and gave authorization to operate the line. Apart from both sides of Srirangapatna railway station, already a double line exists and trains on both the sides are running. Now we can connect this stretch by a couple of days and by Sunday the stretch will be functional and one can see trains running on this new line. The bridge on either side is also ready and completed.”
Apart from this stretch, the double line between Mysuru and Bengaluru has been operational since November 30, 2015.
Started: 2007-2008, initial deadline: 2012, cost: Rs 313 crore
Completed: November 2017, total approximate cost: Rs 875 crore
Delay: 5 years