Vijayawada railway division

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Vijayawada Railway division
Reporting markBZA
LocaleAndhra Pradesh, India
Dates of operation16 May 1956
(63 years ago)
 (1956-05-16)
PredecessorSouthern Railways
Track gauge5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm)
Previous gaugeMetre
Length958.926 kilometres (595.849 mi)
HeadquartersVijayawada
Websitewww.scr.indianrailways.gov.in

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

History[edit]

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]

On 27 February 2019, This division was integrated with South Coast Railway zone with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters.

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 P.Srinivass.[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
track
Traction Route
(km.)
GudurDuvvada (excl.)
(km 134.30–759.7)
Double Electric 623.66
VijayawadaKondapalli
(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 958.926

Source:

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

Note:

Stations categories[edit]

The revised station categorization is based on footfalls at the station and it includes three groups namely, Non-Suburban (NS), Suburban (S) and Halt (H). It is further divided into grades ranging from 1-6 for Non-Suburban, 1-3 for Suburban and 1-3 for Halt stations.[14] As of 10 July 2018, there are a total of 161 stations in the division. Out of these, 110 are categorized as Non-suburban, 46 as Halt stations. Five stations namely, Nidiguntapalem, Venkatachalam, Krishnapatnam, Sarpavaram, Komarapudi does not handle any coaching traffic and six halt stations namely, Sitampet, Kaikoram, Marampalli, Kesavaram, Pedabrahmadevam, Gudaparti were closed.[15]

Category No. of stations Name of stations
Non – Suburban
NSG-1 Nil
NSG-2 1 Vijayawada
NSG-3 9 Bhimavaram Town, Eluru, Gudur Junction, Kakinada Town, Nellore, Ongole, Rajahmundry, Samalkot Junction, Tenali Junction
NSG-4 10 Chirala, Tadepalligudem, Nidadavolu Junction, Kakinada Port, Annavaram, Tuni, Anakapalle, Bhimavaram Junction, Narasapur, Gudivada Junction
NSG-5 22 Akividu, Anaparti, Bapatla, Bitragunta, Dwarapudi, Elamanchili, Godavari, Kaikaluru, Kavali, Kovvur, Machilipatnam, Narsipatnam Road, Nidubrolu, Nuzvid, Palakollu, Pedana, Pithapuram, Powerpet, Tanuku, Singarayakonda, Vedayapalem, Veeravasaram,
NSG-6 68 Alluru Road, Ammanabrolu, Aravalli, Attili, Appikatla, Badampudi, Bayyavaram, Bhimadolu, Bikkavolu, Chagallu, Chebrole, Chilakalapudi, Chinaganjam, Denduluru, Dosapadu, Duggirala, Gannavaram, Gollaprolu, Gudlavalleru, Gullipadu, Gunadala, Hamsavaram, Kadiyam, Kaldhari, Karapa, Karavadi, Kavutaram, Kodavalur, Kondapalli, Kotipalli, Krishna Canal, Madhura Nagar, Mandavalli, Manubolu, Medapadu, Moturu, Mustabada, Navabpalem, Narasingapalli, Nidamanuru, Padugupadu, Pallevada, Peda Avutapalli, Pedavadlapudi, Pennada Agraharam, Pulla, Ramachandrapuram, Ramavarappadu, Ravikampadu, Rayanapadu, Regupalem, Srivenkateswarapalem, Stuartpuram, Surareddipalem, Talamanchi, Tarigopulla, Tanguturu, Telaprolu, Tettu, Thadi, Tsunduru, Ulavapadu, Undi, Uppaluru, Uppugundur, Vatlur, Vetapalem, Venkatachalam
Halts
HG-1 1 Nellore South
HG-2 19 Chiluvur, Durgada gate, Indupalli, Ipurupalem, Jandrapeta, Kadavakuduru, Kasimkota, Kolakaluru, Kothapandillapalli, Machavaram, Manchili, Modukuru, Raparla, Relangi, Pasivedala, Putlacheruvu, Srungavruksham, Vadlamannadu, Vendra
HG-3 26 Aratlakatta, Cherukuvada, Chintaparru, Balabadhrapuram, Brahmanagudem, Draksharamam, Gangavaram, Guntakoduru, Kolanukonda, Kovvada, Kunduru, Lakshminarayanapuram, Lankalakoderu, Mokhasakalavapudi, Narasapurapupeta, Nujella, Pasalapudi, Satyavada, Tennuru, Timmapuram, Unguturu, Vakada, Veeravalli, Velangi, Velpuru, Ventrapragada
Total 156 -
  • Source: Stations – Category-wise (NEW)[15]

Performance and earnings[edit]

The division operates around 274 passenger and 150 freight trains everyday. There are a total of 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.[16] During 2013–14, it handled a divisional record of 100 million passengers.[17] In the financial year 2018–19, the gross earnings of the division were a whooping 5,137.00 crore (US$740 million).[18] It includes, 3,965.29 crore (US$570 million) in terms of freight and 1,042.23 crore (US$150 million) by passenger transport. In the same fiscal year, it recorded as the only division with 9.3 metric tonnes of freight loading in the country.[19]

The below table shows the revenue and serving traffic of both passenger and freight from 2017–18 financial year.

Revenue
(in million rupees)
2017–18[20] 2018–19[19]
Freight
26465.0
39652.9
Passenger
9823.4
10422.3
Gross
(includes sundry /
other revenues)
37480.5
51,370.0

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 on its performance in 2013.[22]
  • During the 64th Railway week, the division was awarded General Manager's Efficiency and 11 other awards.[23]
  • Vijayawada railway station was awarded Green Railway Stations Certificate by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), which secured 71 points out of 100.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ KAUL, ASHA; SINGH, MANJARI (2012). NEW PARADIGMS OF GENDER INCLUSIVITY: THEORY AND BEST PRACTICES. PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd. p. 192. ISBN 9788120345133. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Vijayawada Division". Archived from the original on 3 June 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Vijayawada division – A Profile" (PDF). South Central Railway. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  4. ^ "System General fInformation" (PDF). South Central Railway. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Vijayawada division gets new divisional railway manager". The New Indian Express. Vijayawada. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  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. ^ "Railway Map 2018 Final" (PDF). South Central Railways. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  13. ^ "South Central Railway". www.scr.indianrailways.gov.in. Archived from the original on 3 June 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Minister of Railways directs to re-categorize railway stations taking into account earnings, passenger footfall, strategic importance". pib.nic.in. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Stations – Category-wise (NEW)". South Central Railway. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Ports major source of revenue for Vijayawada rail division". The Hindu Business Line. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  17. ^ Ameen, Md (21 April 2016). "Ramavarappadu ring centre set to be a busy junction". www.thehansindia.com. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Vijayawada Railway division earns Rs 5,137 crore in 2018–19". The Hindu. Vijayawada. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Vijayawada railway division earns Rs.5,137 Cr earnings in FY 18-19". United News of India. Vijayawada. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  20. ^ India, The Hans (26 August 2018). "Vijayawada railway division sees revenue increase by 40 pc". www.thehansindia.com. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  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.
  23. ^ "Eleven awards for Vijayawada railway division | Vijayawada News – Times of India". The Times of India. Vijayawada. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  24. ^ "IGBC's 'green' certificate to Vijayawada railway station". The New Indian Express. Vijayawada. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.

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