The Guntakal-Kallur, which is an important 41 km bypass single rail line that serves as the shortest route for trains from Delhi, Mumbai and Secunderabad towards Bengaluru, had to face severe congestion due to over-saturation of routes.
The prosperous completion of the doubling of Guntakal-Khaderpet section should take care of this gridlock. Earlier the trains were running with more than the actual section capacity at 124 per cent.
The 34-km Guntakal-Khaderpet section was completed and commissioned on May 8 with the running of goods train on the newly constructed double line.
The project was sanctioned in 2015-16 for a distance of 41 km with an estimated cost of Rs 323 crore. The first phase of doubling the Guntakal-Khaderpet section for a distance of 23 km was completed in September 2018 followed by the recent 11 km stretch of Guntakal-Gulapalyamu. The stations that have been facilitated by the doubling works are Guntakal, Hanuman station (halt station) Gulapalyamu, Venkatampalle, Kalluru and Khaderpet. It also serves as an alternative route for Guntakal-Gooty section, which is also over-saturated.
Furthermore, the doubling of this section will be helpful to run more number of freight trains seamlessly. Also, the construction of high-level platforms at Hanuman, Gulapalyamu, Venkatampalle, Khaderpet Stations are under progress.