SWR Celebrates 77th Independence Day

Pramesh S Jain & Yogesh K Porwar


anjeev Kishore,General Manager,SWR stated that Highest priority has been accorded to safety in train operations along with an extraordinary growth in the development of infrastructure & connectivity.In the last 3 years SWR has commissioned more than 200 KM of New Line + Doubling in each year, consistently.

• *Originating freight loading has exceeded 46.7 million tonnes in FY 2022-23, which is the highest ever.*

• *SWR recorded Gross revenue of Rs.8071 crores which is also the highest ever, since the inception of SWR.

• *In FY, 2022-23 874 RKM of tracks were electrified, which is the highest electrification of SWR, in a single year.*

Sanjeev Kishore,General Manager,SWR hoisted the tri colour at Rail Soudha,Hubballi the Head Quarters Office of South Western Railway, today on the occasion of the 77th Independence Day.He said that SWR has been a major driving force of socio-economic development of this region.

Recounting some of the salient achievements, he expressed his happiness that SWR has achieved first place among all zonal railways in terms of Key Performance Indices (KPI) in 2022-23.

SWR has also been adjudged as best performing railway zone during ‘Swachchta Pakhwara 2022’ by Ministry of Railways.

He stated that during the period April to July 2023 (i.e., first quarter of this financial year 2023-24), SWR has registered gross originating revenue of Rs. 2760 crore, which is 12% more than that of the corresponding period of last year.

The originating freight loading has exceeded 46.7 million Tonnes in FY 2022-23, which is the highest ever. In FY 2022-23, SWR has recorded Gross Revenue of Rs. 8071 cores which is also the highest ever, since the inception of SWR.The best ever passenger revenue per month (Rs.266 crore) has been registered in July, 2023.

He mentioned that SWR accords highest priority to safety in train operations.In the period January to July, 2023, 21 Level crossing Gates have been closed,06 Road over Bridges,and 16 road Under Bridges have been completed.In the same period,26 bridges have been rehabilitated.

Kishore informed that SWR has taken various initiatives towards environmental conservation and sustainability. In 2023,solar panels of 442 kWp capacity have been installed, elevating the total capacity of the zone to 5348 kWp.

This has resulted in a saving of approx.Rs. 2 crores per annum, on electricity charges.During January to June 2023, incorporation of HOG system in 56 trains has resulted in saving of 53 lakh litres of HSD worth Rs.42 crores.

Meeting the demands of passengers, during January to July, 2023, 212 festival / holiday special trains were run, 1479 extra coaches augmented and 20 trains speeded up duly saving 620 minutes of journey time.New Yatri Seva Kendra has been commissioned at KSR Bengaluru station in January, 2023.

General Manager appreciated the work force of entire SWR for their committed work.He expressed gratitude to office bearers of recognized Unions,Associations and SWR Women’s Welfare Organization,for their support in various initiatives.

After the address of Chief Guest,a colorful cultural programme was performed by children of SWRWWO High School.

Ms.U. Subba Rao,Additional General Manager,Principal Heads of Departments of South Western Railway, senior officers and staffs were present.

Later, led by Dr Vandana Srivastava,President,SWR Women Welfare Organisation (SWR-WWO) donated two RO+UV water purifiers, rechargeable torches, and digital weighing machines to Central Hospital Hubballi. Fruits were distributed to patients, too.

Further, at SWR-WWO English Medium School, Gadag Road, Hubballi, Dr Vandana Srivastava inaugurated newly constructed ‘Annexe Building’.

This building, constructed at a cost of Rs. 44 lakhs, consists of new Principal Chamber, Science Lab and an additional classroom.General Manager,Sanjeev Kishore, Principal Officers of SWR were present.