South Western Railway unveils Karnataka’s longest bridge in Vijayapura | Hubballi Information

VIJAYAPURA: The brand new Friendship Bridge, connecting Lachyan in Karnataka and Hotgi in Maharashtra throughout Bheema river, has change into a significant attraction not just for practice travellers on the route, but additionally for folks from the neighbouring districts.
The 670m bridge, positioned in Vijayapura district, is now thought-about to be the longest bridge in South Western Railway limits. This ‘Engineering Marvel’, as described by railway minister Piyush Goyal, is predicted to play a vital function within the financial growth of each the states. Folks additionally name it ‘Friendship Bridge’, indicating the feelings locals have hooked up to it.
SWR common supervisor A Ok Singh informed TOI that the doubling mission from Hotgi-Kudgi-Gadag spanning 284km was sanctioned by the Railway Board in 2014-15. “The bridge has been constructed as a part of a mission taken up underneath buyer funding mannequin with Nationwide Thermal Energy Company (NTPC, a public sector endeavor). That is one such mission in Indian Railways the place buyer of the mission too have contributed,” he defined.
E Vijaya, CPRO, SWR, mentioned that the doubling work will improve the road capability, assist in avoiding detention of trains ready for crossing, and introducing extra trains on the route. “This will even assist in the graceful motion of rakes to/ from industries/ energy crops in addition to boosting the general financial growth of the area. This is a crucial rail hyperlink connecting Bengaluru and Mumbai. Vacationer locations like Bagalkot and Vijayapura additionally get connectivity with this,” she added.
Ok C Swami, chief administrative officer (building), mentioned that the monitor passes by way of 670m bridge over river Bheema. “The bridge has been designed for 25T axle loading. At the moment, velocity restrictions are imposed on the prevailing bridge as it isn’t able to carrying greater axle hundreds. The bridge consists of two traces — first one is prepared for visitors motion, whereas the second will probably be prepared by October. As soon as prepared, it should improve the velocity of products trains and throughput,” he added.
He recalled that the previous bridge, being 133 years’ previous, was having velocity restriction of 30kmph. “Now the velocity restriction is eliminated. Stage-by-stage checking and inspection was carried out by the Analysis and Design Requirements Organisation,” the officer defined.
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