India’s longest electrified rail tunnel opened in Andhra

India’s longest electrified rail tunnel, situated between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations of Andhra Pradesh, was inaugurated by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu recently.

The 6.6-km long tunnel, situated between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations of Andhra Pradesh, is a part of the Obulavaripalli-Venkatachalam railway line.

Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said, “I am overwhelmed with emotion as my long-cherished childhood dream has now come true.” He was talking about his trip on the newly-commissioned Obulavaripalli-Krishnapatnam line. Venkaiah Naidu termed the tunnel an “engineering marvel.”

The newly constructed tunnel will provide seamless rail connectivity between Krishnapatnam Port and the hinterland areas for freight movement.

The 112-km long electrified railway line between Venkatachalam and Obulavaripalli will reduce the the travel time by 5 hours. Currently, the freight train takes 10 hours to travel from Krishnapatnam Port to Obulavaripali.

Image Credit : www.thehindu.com

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