The South Western Railway on Thursday (July 30) commissioned the Lachyan-Hotgi section, which is 33 km long, as part of the doubling project from Hotgi-Kudgi-Gadag (284 km) which was sanctioned by Railway Board in 2014-15.
It connects Karnataka with Maharashtra through Bijapur and Sholapur districts. The track passes through the 670 m long important bridge over River Bhima, the longest bridge in the zone comprising 14 spans of 45.7 m each.
“This bridge is designed to fit for 25T axle loading. Currently, speed restrictions are imposed on the existing bridge since it is not capable of carrying higher axle loads,” SWR said in a statement.