Vijayawada railway division

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Vijayawada Railway division
Shortened form of South Central Railway Zone of Indian Railways.jpg
Vijayawada station.jpg
Vijayawada station
Reporting markBZA
LocaleAndhra Pradesh, India
Dates of operation1956; 62 years ago (1956)
PredecessorSouthern Railways
Track gauge5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm)
Previous gaugeMetre
Length958.926 kilometres (595.849 mi)

Vijayawada railway division (formerly: Bezawada railway division[1]) is one of the six railway divisions under South Central Railway zone of the Indian Railways. The headquarters of the division are located at Vijayawada.[2]


It was formed as one of the eight divisions in Southern Railway on 16 May 1956. After the formation of South Central Railway zone, the division was integrated into it on 2 October 1966.[3]

Administration and jurisdiction[edit]

Start of Vijayawada railway division jurisdiction board on Tenali – Repalle branch line
Route map of Vijayawada railway division.

The division is located completely in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It has a broad gauge route of 957.23 km (594.80 mi) and a running track of 1,646.72 km (1,023.22 mi). It has a total electrified route of 733.25 km (455.62 mi) and a total track of 1,928 km (1,198 mi).[4] The present Divisional Railway Manager is R.Dhanunjayulu.[5]

Sections and branch lines[edit]

The Gudur–Duvvada (Vijayawada–Gudur and Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam), Vijayawada–Kondapalli and Samalkot–Kakinada Port are electrified and double-track railway lines.[2][6][7][8] While, Gudivada–Machilipatnam and Bhimavaram–Narasapuram are non–electrified and single-track railway lines.[9][10] Kondapalli railway station is the divisional interchange station.[11]

The lines and sections under the jurisdiction of the Vijayawada division are listed below:

Route Type of
Traction Route
GudurDuvvada (excl.)
(km 134.30–759.7)
Double Electric 623.66
(km 586.5–568.0)
Double Electric 18.5
Gudivada–Machilipatnam Single Diesel 36.70
Bhimavaram–Narasapuram branch line Single Diesel 29.46
Vijayawada–Nidadavolu loop line
(VijayawadaBhimavaram TownNidadavolu)
Single Diesel 154.75
Samalkot–Kakinada Port branch line Double Electric 15.60
Venkatachalam–Krishnapatnam Port 18.59
Kakinada Town–Kotipalli 44.70
Total 957.23


  • Vijayawada Division System map[12]
  • Jurisdiction[13]


Vijayawada Railway Station

Categorization of stations[edit]

Gudur Junction Railway Station
Kakinada Town Junction station
Rajahmundry Railway station
Tenali Junction Railway Station - West Booking Office
Palakollu Railway Station - Foot Bridge PF1 To PF2 And PF3
Annavaram Railway station

The division has a total of 161 stations with different categorizations.[4] The below table depicts the stations under the Vijayawada division and their category. There are six stations which do not handle coaching traffic. They are Gunadala, Komarampudi, Krishnapatnam, Nidiguntapalem, Sarpavaram and Venkatachalam Road.[3]

Category of station No. of stations Names of stations
A-1 Category 1 Vijayawada
A Category 13 Anakapalli, Bhimavaram Town, Chirala, Eluru, Gudur†, Kakinada Town†, Nellore†, Ongole, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Tadepalligudem, Tenali, Tuni
B Category 12 Annavaram, Bapatla†, Bhimavaram Jn, Gudivada, Kakinada Port, Kavali, Machilipatnam†, Narasapuram, Nidadavolu Junction, Palakollu, Singarayakonda and Tanuku
C Category
D Category 14 Akividu, Anaparti, Dwarapudi†, Godavari, Kaikaluru, Kovvur, Narsipatnam Road, Nidubrolu, Pedana, Pithapuram, Powerpet, Vedayapalem, Viravasaram and Yelamanchili
E Category 77
F Category 44
Total 161 -
  • †– Adarsh Stations[14]

Performance and earnings[edit]

On a daily average, the division operates a total of 274 passenger and 150.4 freight trains. There are 222 electric, 34 diesel locos, 838 coaches, 29 MEMU, 37 DEMU's.[3] Vijayawada railway division generates much of its revenue from freight transport, which includes major commodities like coal, fertilisers, food grains, cement etc. Krishnapatnam and Kakinada Ports are the two main revenue earners for the division in freight transport.[15] For the financial year 2014–15, the gross earnings of the division was a whooping 4,603.27 crore (US$640 million).[14] It includes 764.85 crore (US$110 million) in terms of passenger transport and 3,710.68 crore (US$520 million) in freight transport. It recorded a 47.89% increase in its freight revenues as compared to its previous year which stands at 2,509 crore (US$350 million).[14][16]

The financial year of 2015–16 earned 5.62 percent more gross revenue than its previous year.[17]

The below table shows the revenue and serving traffic of both passenger and freight from 2011–12 financial year.

(in million rupees)
2011–12 2012–13 2013–14[14][18] 2014–15[14] 2015-16[19]
  • Gross includes passenger, freight, sundry and other coaching revenues
Services[16] 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14[18][20] 2014–15[14] 2015–16[19]
No. of passengers
Volume of freight
(million tonnes)

Awards and achievements[edit]

The office of the Vijayawada Divisional Regional Manager was awarded the certified by the National Energy Conservation Award (NECA)-2013 based on the steps taken on energy efficiency.[21] It also won 19 of 58 shields based its performance in 2013.[22]


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  3. ^ a b c "Vijayawada division – A Profile" (PDF). South Central Railway. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-01-28. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b "System General Information" (PDF). South Central Railway. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Officials told to make Vijayawada rail station Divyang-friendly". The New Indian Express. The New Indian Express. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Traction Distribution". South Central Railway. Archived from the original on 3 June 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Prabhu's boost to KCR'S temple tourism dream". The Times of India. Hyderabad. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Kakinada Port station to be opened next month". The Hindu. Kakinada. 31 August 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  9. ^ Staff Reporter. "Doubling of Vijayawada-Bhimavaram line to boost economy". The Hindu.
  10. ^ G. V. R. Subba Rao; V. Raghavendra (8 July 2014). "Politicians fail to make railway projects a reality". The Hindu. Vijayawada. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Divisional inter change points on SCR division" (PDF). South Central Railway. p. 2. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Vijayawada Division System map" (PDF). South Central Railway. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  13. ^ "South Central Railway". Archived from the original on 3 June 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  14. ^ a b c d e f "Jump in SCR Vijayawada division revenue". The Hindu. Vijayawada. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Ports major source of revenue for Vijayawada rail division". The Hindu Business Line. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  16. ^ a b c Srinivas, Rajulapudi (13 May 2013). "SCR Vijayawada Division shines". The Hindu. Vijayawada. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Vijayawada rail division registers 5.62 p. c. growth in earnings". The Hindu. Vijayawada. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Vijayawada railway division's revenue goes up at Rs 3280 crore". Vijayawada: The Economic Times. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  19. ^ a b c d "Performance of the earnings during 2015-16" (PDF). South Central Railway. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  20. ^ "Vijayawada Div. to have 150 automatic railway ticket vending machines soon". The Hindu. Vijayawada. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  21. ^ V.Raghavendra. "Vijayawada Railway Division office bags Certificate of Merit for saving power". The Hindu.
  22. ^ Staff Reporter. "GM's shield for Vijayawada Railway Division". The Hindu.

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