The South Western Railways (SWR) will quickly run MEMU trains on suburban routes, together with from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) to Bengaluru airport in Devanahalli and on the Tumakuru-Yeshwantpur line, as soon as inspection by the Commissioner of Railway Security (CRS) is accomplished.
Based on SWR officers, electrification of the Tumakuru-Yeshwantpur railway line has been accomplished whereas that between Yelahanka and Devanahalli is nearing completion. Talking to indianexpress.com, SWR Chief Public Relations Officer Aneesh Hegde mentioned, “Between Yelahanka and Devanahalli, a 220kV energy line that’s crossing the monitor needs to be shifted by the Karnataka Energy Transmission Company Ltd (KPTCL).”
“After shifting the 220kV energy line, the electrification could be accomplished. As soon as that is achieved, SWR will provoke the method for a CRS inspection for security clearance,” he added.
The South Western Railways had earlier set August because the deadline to impress the Yelahanka–Devanahalli line, which can allow it to run MEMU trains to Kempegowda Worldwide Airport (KIA) within the metropolis which is a well-liked route.
The opposite MEMU practice route between Tumakuru and Yeshwantpur takes an hour to cowl the gap between the 2 stations, and 10,000 to fifteen,000 individuals journey on this route day by day, officers mentioned.
Based on Hegde, MEMU trains are handy for suburban areas and normally function at a distance of 100-150 km. “They’ve many benefits over standard locomotive trains, together with larger common pace and decrease upkeep price. Since it’s electrical, they’ve environmental advantages too,” he defined.
In the meantime, SWR is planning to finish the electrification of eight traces totalling a size of 318 km by 2022. It’s also mulling electrification of the road from Chikkabanavara (in Bengaluru outskirts) to Hassan by March 2023.