Hyderabad: The backend warriors of Indian Railways have fully availed the opportunity provided by the suspension of passenger services due to pandemic of COVID 19 to successfully executed more than 200 long-pending maintenance works including yard remodeling, repair and re-gardening of old bridges, doubling and electrification of rail lines and renewal of scissor crossovers. Pending for several years, these unfinished projects often confronted Indian Railways as bottlenecks.
Apart from ensuring supply chains all essential commodities running through parcel trains and freight trains, Indian Railways executed these long-pending maintenance works during this lockdown period when passenger services were suspended.
During this period Indian Railways focused on several long-pending overdue maintenance works which required traffic block of long durations. These works were pending for several years and were confronting Railways with severe bottlenecks. They were planned during the lockdown period considering it ‘Once in a lifetime opportunity’ to wipe out these maintenance arrears and take up the execution of work without affecting the train service.
These works were taken up for the removal of bottlenecks and enhance safety include 82 rebuilding/rehabilitation of the bridge, 48 limited height subway/road under a bridge in lieu of level crossing gate, 16 construction/strengthening of the foot over bridge, 14 dismantling of old foot over bridge, 7 launchings of road over bridge, 5-yard remodeling, 1 commissioning of doubling & electrification and 26 other projects.