The stretch in the first phase of doubling will comprise of 47km at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore.
“It will be completed in three years,” said KR general manager (administration) and chief PRO Siddheshwar Telugu. “This will be a Diwali gift for our commuters as doubling of tracks will help augment services and improve train punctuality.”
At present, if there is a rail accident, the line gets blocked completely.
KR may electrify the entire 736km route to save costs and preserve the environment, sources added.
There are also plans to start a Rajdhani from Goa to the national capital, sources added.