The Railway Ministry has set up Railway Electrification Project unit of Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) in Bengaluru to accelerate electrification process of lines thereby almost covering the Railway network in the State.
The unit is mandated to electrify 2,457 km lines under the South Western Railway by 2022, said an official communiqué from SWR. Of the total 2,457-km target given for completion before 2022, 466 km within SWR would have to be completed within this financial year.
The SWR has 3,522 route km network of lines, of which around 700 km is already electrified. The electrified lines include Bengaluru-Jolarpettai, Bengaluru-Mysuru, and Bengaluru-Dharmavaram. The routes proposed to be electrified include Kadur-Chikkamagaluru 46 km; Birur-Talaguppa 161 km; Hosapete-Swamihalli 59 km; Bangarpet-Yelahanka 149 km; Chikkabanavar-Hassan 166 km; Mysuru-Chamarajanagar 61 km; Mysuru-Hassan-Mangaluru including Hassan-Arsikere 347 km; Mirja-Kurdwadi Latur (Central Railway) 377 km; Gadag-Hotgi 284 km; Chikkabanavar-Hubballi 456 km, Dharmavaram-Pakala 228 km (South Central Railway) and Nandyal-Yerraguntla (SCR) 123 km.
The project unit at Bengaluru is bound to expedite execution of the Railway Electrification Projects by facilitating better coordination with offices of the Railway and State government concerned. The SWR will get its first electric loco shed at Krishnarajapuram in Bengaluru next year when the existing diesel loco shed will be converted to handle both electric and diesel locos. The Ministry has already decided to transfer five electric locos from Royapuram to Krishnarajapuram. SWR was lagging behind in railway electrification and had been operating predominantly with diesel locomotives. Opening of the CORE project unit as well as upgrading Krishnarajapuram loco shed to maintain electric lLocos will accelerate electrification process in Karnataka.