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. The Konkan is a coastal strip of land bounded by the Sahyadri hills on the east, and Arabian Sea on the west. It is a land where mythology breathes side by side with economic growth,a land with rich mineral resources, dense forest cover and a landscape fringed with paddy, coconut and mango trees.
The formidable terrain to be conquered and the short construction period meant that the project could only be completed with the help of several technological innovations. Apart from setting a trend for other infrastructure projects in the country, the Konkan Railway provides concrete proof of the skills of Indian engineers, their discipline, team spirit and courage.
But it is also a tribute to the unconquerable human spirit. Beyond the technical jargon, it was a leap of faith that made the long cherished dream of the people of the region possible. The Konkan Railway has also in a way changed the lives of the Engineers and otherpeople associated with the project.
For them it was the glory of overcoming all odds, and the satisfaction and pride that they have built something for posterity. The completion of the Konkan Railway was a “tryst with destiny” for many people in the Konkan region, redeemed in the 50th year of the nation’s Independence. It is hence entirely fitting that the first train on the completed track was flagged off on January 26, 1998, Republic Day.
The Konkan Railway does not have divisions like the other Indian Railways; however, it has two regions with headquarters at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra and Karwar in Karnataka. The Ratnagiri railway region extends over 480 kilometres (300 miles) from Roha to Sawantwadi in Maharashtra, while the Karwar railway region extends over 660 kilometres (410 miles) from Pernem in Goa to Surathkal in Karnataka. Railway Regions an are headed by Regional Railway Manager.Eastern Railway : Website
Konkan Railway Headquarter
- CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai.
Postal Address of Konkan Railway:Konkan Railway Corporation Limited Belapur Bhavan,
Plot No 6,Sector 11,
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Pin - 400614. Contact Details: Ph : (022) 2757 2015-18 Fax : (022) 2757 2420
E-Mail ID’s of Executives : Click here
Salient Features of Konkan Railway
- Gauge = Broad gauge (1676 mm)
- Route Length = 760 km
- Total No. of Stations = 59
- Major Bridges = 179 (Lineal waterway 21.50 km)
- Minor Bridges = 1,819 (Lineal waterway 5.73 km)
- Total = 1,998 km
- No. of Road Crossings = 300 (Road over bridges/ road under bridges)
Konkan Railway Route:-
The route is a single-line track, and is not electrified. The total length of the line is about 738 kilometres (459 mi). Although it has been designed for high-speed traffic of 160 kilometres per hour (99 mph), the fastest train on the route, the Trivandrum Rajdhani Express, at present runs at a maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour (75 mph).
The route is open to both freight and passenger traffic. The line, which runs parallel to the Arabian Sea coastline, offers some of the most spectacular views of any Indian rail journey.The Konkan railway route intersects national highway National Highway 66 (India) at many places.There are fifty-six stations on the entire line.
Although the route is currently a single line, KR and South Western Railway lines run parallel from Majorda to Margao in Goa, making that section a double line. According to a study conducted by Konkan Railway, doubling the track is possible on about 300 km that runs on the plains.
There are several patches along the 738 kilometres (459 mi) line that can be converted to double track. For example, the 47 km from the starting point at Roha to Veer. The 60 km stretch between Udupi and Mangalore is another stretch.
Doubling of tracks on the route: On 3 November 2015 the Konkan Railway CMD Bhanu P Tayal announced to the press that "All paper works, including financing modalities, have been completed and foundation-laying ceremony would take place on November 8 in Kolad in the presence of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu", "Doubling of the tracks along with the electrification would start from November 8. The process of awarding the tender would begin soon.
LIC has come forward to finance us and offered loan of Rs 250 crore at cheaper rates and other major finance companies have shown their interests to fund the project," The project of doubling tracks is estimated to cost the exchequer Rs 10,000 crore while the electrification project will cost around Rs 750 crore. Konkan Railways has fixed the target of completing this project in next five years.