MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): The South Western Railway on Thursday commissioned the development of Lachyan-Hotgi section, which is 33 km long, as part of the doubling project from Hotgi-Kudgi-Gadag (284 km) which had been sanctioned by the Railway Board in 2014-15.
The route connects Karnataka with Maharashtra through Bijapur and Sholapur districts. The track passes through the 670 m long important bridge over River Bhima, the longest bridge in the zone comprising 14 spans of 45.7 m each which is now being seen as one of the most important developments of the route
The nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic has turned into an opportunity for the Indian Railways as it has cleared the backlog of 200 projects of critical importance in key sections during the stated time framework.
With Indian Railways suspending the passenger train services on March 25 this year in view of the pandemic and nationwide lockdown, it gained a chance to complete the pending maintenance works, including yard remodelling, repair and re-girding of old bridges, doubling, and electrification of rails and renewal of scissor crossovers. The development works along all routes across the country goes on with a rapid pace as suspension of most of the passenger train services provide railways with a better opportunity to complete its pending as well as other maintenance works.