2nd line on Arch Bridge remains non-starter
The proposed second track on third railway bridge known as Arch Bridge to ease the movement of trains between Chennai and Kolkata have not yet...
Rajamahendravaram: The proposed second track on third railway bridge known as ‘Arch Bridge’ to ease the movement of trains between Chennai and Kolkata have not yet materialised, though the South Central Railway (SCR) had given assurance in this regard long ago.
The second track on the bridge was aimed to reduce late running of trains and also for quick movement of goods trains. SCR had given its assurance for the second rail track at the time of the bridge construction. Necessary space is also left for laying second track.
In the year 2015, the then SCR Vijayawada divisional manager Ashok Kumar said that laying of second track will be taken up shortly. But so far, the works have not yet been started. In the absence of second track on the bridge, the trains are compelled to stop at Kovvur railway
SCR is using road-cum-rail bridge for the trains going towards Vijayawada and including goods trains. Arch bridge is used for the trains, including goods trains, moving towards Visakhapatnam. But, they are allowing passengers on both sides from the arch bridge.
The road-cum-rail bridge was connected to Rajahmundry railway station, where as the Arch Bridge is connected to Godavari railway station. According to sources, the Arch Bridge was opened in August 1997 for rail traffic with a single track.
The bridge is having 28 spans with a distance of 16 metres between them. The present track was laid in a width of 8 metre and 8 metre space was left for laying second track.
Presently, about 150 express, passenger and goods trains are moving from the city every day, excluding weekly express trains. It is not yet clear when the works relating to second track will begin.