July 29, 2020 By Swapnil Suryawanshi

Konkan Railway

Transit line

The Konkan Railway is a railway operated by the Konkan Railway Corporation, with its headquarters at CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The first passenger train ran on Konkan railway tracks on 20 March 1993, between Udupi and Mangalore.

OperatorKonkan Railway Corporation LimitedOwnerMinistry of RailwaysLocaleKonkanStations: 67TerminisThokurKarnatakaRohaMaharashtra

Why is Konkan Railway famous :

Originally Answered: Why is Konkan Railway so famous? Designed and built by Indian engineers in a record time of eight years, the Konkan Railway takes you on a breathtaking journey through rugged mountains, lush valleys, sunlit paddy fields, bustling villages and glistening rivers that lead out to sea.

What is the Konkan railway route :

The Konkan Railway was the missing link between India’s commercial capital, Mumbai, and Mangalore. The 741-kilometre line connects Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka States – a region of criss-crossing rivers, plunging valleys and mountains that soar into the clouds.

Who built Konkan Railway :

He persuaded Dr. E. Sreedharan, a veteran railway man known for brisk efficiency, to become the Chairman and Managing Director of Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. that was founded in 1990.

How long is Konkan Railway :

Konkan Railway
Operator(s)Konkan Railway Corporation
Line length736 km (457.33 mi)

Who is the father of Konkan Railway :

Arjun Balwant WalawalkarThis was supported by issuing public bonds of Rs. 2250 crore. Arjun Balwant Walawalkar is regarded as the father of Konkan Railway. Born on 27 December 1897, he joined the railways in its engineering drawing department in 1922.

When did Konkan Railway start :

26 January 1998The company started its full operations of trains on 26 January 1998. The first passenger train which ran on Konkan railway tracks on 20 March 1993 between Udupi and Mangalore. Konkan Railway Corporation is at the forefront of research and development of new technologies and concepts for Indian railways.

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RORO train at the Sawantwadi Road railway station.\

Freight :

RORO train at the Sawantwadi Road railway stationEnds of tunnels are chain-locked to prevent landslides and falling rocks.

Freight response to the railway was lukewarm, prompting its corporation to consider reducing its rates. With an outstanding debt of ₹33.75 billion, the KRCL was counting on freight traffic for revenue. To attract freight traffic, the corporation began advertising to industries on the route.

Safety :

The terrain and weather of the Konkan region have caused problems for the railway. During the 1998 monsoon, torrential rains triggered landslides which washed away tracks and disrupted service. Despite the corporation’s efforts to address the problems through engineering (such as protective netting along cuttings to prevent boulders from rolling onto the tracks), the problems recurred each year.

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Operations :

The 738.941-kilometre (459.157 mi) railway has a total track length of 918.515 kilometres (570.739 mi). Its length through Maharashtra is 381.181 kilometres (236.855 mi), through Karnataka 251.76 kilometres (156.44 mi), and 106 kilometres (66 mi) through Goa.

Capital investment in Konkan railway:

Central Government 51%

Maharashtra Government 22%

Karnataka Government 15%

Kerala and Goa Governments 6%

Konkan railway project reduces the traveling distance between Mumbai and Kochi by 513 km.

External links :

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Map of west-central India

Route map.

History :


Crossing a long bridge between two hillsEntering the Chiplun railway tunnel

The first phase of the Konkan Railway was the 62-kilometre (39 mi) section from Apta to Roha. It was cleared by the Planning Commission, and the project was included in the 1978-79 budget at an estimated cost of ₹11.19 billion. The length of the railway from Apta to Mangalore was estimated at 890 kilometres (550 mi), and its cost was estimated at ₹2.39 billion in 1976. The engineering and traffic survey for the West Coast Railway Line from Apta to Mangalore was conducted from 1970 to 1972. The final survey for the Apta-Roha-Dasgaon section was made in 1974–75