PRAYAGRAJ: At a significant accomplishment, the 95 km extended patch between Katni and Satna was electrified. This was the final remaining un-electrified segment on the Mumbai-Howrah (through Prayagraj) route linking Western India with Eastern India.
Though, the Howrah-Prayagraj part of the course was electrified from the late 60s and Mumbai-Itarsi part in stages by 1993 however the Itarsi-Jabalpur-Katni-Satna-Prayagraj segment remained un-electrified. Considering its importance, Railway Board declared the Electrification of Itarsi-Katni-Manikpur-Allahabad at 2012-13 in a entire cost of Rs 866. 12 crores.
At current electrification of Itarsi-Katni-Satna-Prayagraj segment including Satna-Rewa division line was finished and business train operations on electrical grip are under way.
Currently with all the equilibrium electrification of Katni-Satna segment , seamless electrical grip would be accessible between Mumbai-Howrah through Prayagraj. Currently, approximately 40 electrical trains are plying with Diesel grip between Katni-Satna resulting in delay in performance along with a reduction of 45 moments to 01 hour a railroad for shift in grip.
In view of its significance, the electrification work was undertaken in this COVID-19 crisis duly observing the prescribed precautions as well as the section is currently prepared for Passenger train operations and consequent sanction by Commissioner of Railway Safety.
But, goods performance was launched in May 2020. For feeding electric distribution in Katni-Satna segment, two grip sub-station (TSS 132/25 kV) in Patwara and Bhadanpur have been commissioned alongwith Six shifting channels, educated Anup Mishra, mature PRO, CORE, Prayagraj.
Supervisory control (SCADA) can be commissioned for distant performance through Traction Power control at Jabalpur. For the dependable maintenance of Equipments, GPS mapping of this segment has also done.
“This is the most significant connection, electrification of that will provide smooth electrical traction from Itarsi into Deen Dayal Updahayay Junction and trains from all around India from west and south pass through this segment”, stated MIshra. Immense economies of petrol, loco connection, team link and loco altering time could be achieved following this accomplishment of IR, ” he added.
Until date, roughly 1000 products and vacant Shramik Special trains operate on this course with electrical traction. The sanction by Commissioner of Railway Safety enables passenger train operations around the part resulting in saving of foreign trade on Diesel and may also reduce the carbon footprint of Indian Railways.