Date Of Post: 22 Nov, 2017
Mysuru: The 138km long double rail line between Bengaluru & Mysuru in southern Karnataka was opened for traffic, an official said. “Completion of the 1.7 km stretch at Srirangapatna has enabled us to open the 138.3 km double line between Bengaluru and Mysore for operating express, passenger and goods trains on the route in the state’s southern region,” an official of the South Western Railway (SWR) said.
- The doubling project took 10 years to complete, as the railways had to shift the armoury of the 18th century Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan, located on the 1.7 km stretch near the Kaveri bridge at Srirangapatna.
- “The archaeological protected monument (armoury) was translocated by the US-based Wolfe House Building Movers in March.”
- The CRS (Commissioner of Railway Safety) inspected the 1.7km long stretch of the double track on November 6 & authorised the SWR to operate the service.
Electrification Of Entire Route
- Also, efforts are on to electrify the entire route for reducing running time between the state’s official capital & its cultural capital by at least an hour from average 3 hours currently.
- The official added,”Work is underway to complete electrification of the remaining 39 km stretch between Yeliyur and Mysuru to increase the travelling speed of all trains and operate more of them to meet the surging demand due to explosive growth in and between the two cities.”
- Also, the railways built new bridges for accommodating the twin tracks.