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Konkan Railway: Green corridor.

STARTING POINT
This rail link was the brainchild of Praja Socialist Party leader Nath Bapu Pai, who mooted it first in the 1960s. Former railway ministers George Fernandes and Madhu Dandavate then refined the concept, but it was only after the Southern Railway presented a final location survey report in 1988 that the Konkan Railway was established as a separate entity. E Sreedharan, who was made its managing director, started the project from scratch as no survey data was available for the proposed stretch in Maharashtra – half the length of the line. Land acquisition in the absence of rational compensation laws for the fertile Konkan tracts and the slopes of the Sahaydris added to the hurdles.

THE UNFOLDING
The Konkan railway line was constructed in a record time of eight years. Better still, funds for this project were gathered together without making any demands on the central government’s coffers. Konkan Railway is still in the growth and expansion phase, with efforts ongoing since 2015 toward doubling the tracks and their electrification. The 740-km-long link between Mumbai and Mangaluru passes through Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka, offering spectacular views. It’s a constant challenge, though, to keep the line operable through 91 tunnels, 129 bridges and 4,000-plus mm of rainfall.

NEXT ON THE TRACK
When the project began, tax-free public bonds were issued to raise money for construction. Today, the finance industry has taken interest, especially in funding upgradation work which began in 2015 and is expected to cost about Rs 11,000 crore. Financially stable, Konkan Railway makes a net profit from its regular operations. “Our operating ratio is 80 per cent (spending 80 paise to earn a rupee),” says chairman and MD Sanjay Gupta. “We also have the Jammu and Kashmir railway project and two NTPC projects that enables us to raise revenues.”

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Posted by on August 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Konkan Railway Greets Passengers With Live Music Peformance By Employees At Goa’s Madgaon Station

For the first time in the history of Indian Railways, the Konkan Railway Corporation has started live music performances at the Madgaon station in Goa to entertain passengers and tourists, an official said here on Monday.

Since the past one week, an in-house music troupe, ‘Aarohi Group’ of the KRC, has started a live musical performance entertaining passengers awaiting the arrival of the Konkan Kanya Express.

“The initial response to this venture has been cool. We now plan to make it a regular feature for the nearly dozen trains which serves around 10,000 passengers including domestic and international tourists at the Madgaon station daily,” said an official.

 

Describing it as a good opportunity for new and upcoming music groups to showcase their talent, the KRC has invited more and varied performers as well as sponsors for such musical events at Madgaon.

The KRC will arrange suitable time slots for the musical groups to target their specific audiences and entertain them while they await their trains.

This is the first time that a railway station in the country is offering live music performances, though piped music is offered in some long-distance trains and recorded music was also occasionally played at some railway stations in the past.

http://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/konkan-railway-greets-passengers-with-live-music-peformance-by-employees-252478.html

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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‘Sarathi Seva’ service for physically challenged passengers on Konkan Railway introduced

Konkan Railway Corporation  has introduced a unique ‘Sarathi Seva’ service for the physically challenged passengers along its route on Friday.

The route passes from Konkan region of Maharashtra to Karnataka via Goa.

In this service, wheel-chair along with an assistant is provided free of cost to physically challenged passengers at nominated stations from coach to exit  and vice versa.

At present this scheme is available at Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Karmali, Madgaon and Udupi stations.

To avail this service, passengers are required to simply send an SMS with their names and journey particulars to mobile no.9664044456. The rest is taken care of by Konkan Railway.

So far about 175 physically challenged passengers have availed of this service.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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“Shravan Seva” A Helping Hand To The Senior Citizens Travelling On Konkan Railway Route

In order to further strengthen the commitment towards better Customer Services, Konkan Railway has introduced an innovative and unique “Shravan Seva” Services for Senior Citizens travelling over Konkan Railway Route.  This Scheme includes extending a Helping Hand to them by providing an Attendant to carry their luggage at boarding / alighting points.

This facility can be availed by sending an SMS four hours in advance of their journey, indicating their PNR, Coach and Seat Number on Mobile No. 09664044456.

These services are available at Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Thivim, Karmali and Madgaon Stations. This service is being rendered by Konkan Railway, FREE OF COST.   So far about 1600  Senior Citizens have already availed of this service.

Our esteemed Senior Citizens travelling on Konkan Railway Route may kindly avail of these services, which are exclusively dedicated to them as a goodwill gesture.

http://konkanrailway.com/english/shravan-seva-a-helping-hand-to-the-senior-citizens-travelling-on-konkan-railway-route/

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Konkan Railway to promote Konkan food stalls across stations

The passengers travelling on Konkan Railway will now be able to savour Konkan food on the way, with the Railway Ministry promoting stalls across railway stations for the same.

“Honourable Minister for Suresh Prabhu has taken an initiative to promote delicious Konkan cuisine on the Konkan Railway route for the delight of the passengers,” Siddheshwar Telugu, Chief PRO of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited, said in a press note here.

“These products are prepared by self-help groups associated with cottage industries. They are being sold through Konkan Meva stalls at railway stations on the Konkan Railway route,” he said.

“Twelve Konkan Meva stalls have now been provided at Khed, Chiplun, Kamathe, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Nivsar, Vilavade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Nandgaon Road and Kudal,” Telugu said.

He said food items and beverages like Kokam Syrup, Mango Wadi, Mango Squash, Shengdana Ladu, Boondi Ladu, Poha Ladu, Rice Papad are on the menu of these stalls.

“This will not only help to promote the local delicious cuisine of Konkan items, but will also generate employment among the locals through self-help groups in the Konkan region,” he added.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/konkan-railway-to-promote-konkan-food-stalls-across-stations-115122301091_1.html

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Railway skill development institute to come up in Udupi

Railway skill development institute to come up in Late Hegde’s name in Udupi

The Konkan Railway is all set to immortalise the former Karnataka Chief Minister, Ramakrishna Hegde, when Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu lays the foundation stone for an institute of skill development named after the politician, in Udupi on Monday.

The Ramakrishna Hegde Institute of Skill Development, to come up near Udupi Railway Station on the Konkan Railway network, would enhance the skills of thousands of railway employees across the country through different courses and methods.

The late Hegde, along with George Fernandes and Madhu Dandavate, played a key role in establishing rail connectivity to the Konkan region encompassing coasts of Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra, by establishing Konkan Railway, said a release from KRCL here.

Hegde, as the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, gave impetus to the formation of KRCL as a special-purpose vehicle.

The history

A railway line was constructed between Diva in Mumbai and Apta in Raigad district in 1966.

During the tenure of the late Dandavate as the Minister for Railways, the line was extended up to Roha in 1986, mainly to serve the industries located in the area.

However, there remained a missing link between Roha and Mangaluru.

In October 1984, the Ministry of Railways decided to take a final location engineering-cum-traffic survey for the west coastal portion from Mangaluru to Madgaon — a total distance of 325 km.

The railways decided to extend the scope of the survey in March 1985 to include the omitted length of the west coast line extending from Madgaon to Roha.

The Southern Railway was entrusted with this final location survey.

It submitted the project report for this route to the Railway Ministry in 1988 and named it as Konkan Railway after the coastline along which it runs.

Following the late Hegde’s boost, a separate corporation to execute the project was conceived and thus born KRCL on July 19, 1990 with E. Sreedharan as the first Chairman and Managing Director.

He extended all support to KRCL from the Planning Commission. The mandate was to build the network on build, operate and transfer model wherein KRCL had to raise own funds.

Hegde’s role

Taking into account the fact that Hegde was a great son of the Konkan soil, and that it was under his dynamic leadership and guidance that the Konkan Railway route was built in a short span of time, the Konkan Railway, as a goodwill gesture, has proposed to establish the skilld evelopment institute by his name, the release added.

Recently, Mr. Prabhu had laid the foundation stone for George Fernandes Institute of Tunnel Technology in Panaji, Goa.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/krcl-to-immortalise-ramakrishna-hegde/article7882767.ece

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Doubling works on Konkan Railway to begin from today

The works on doubling of  Konkan Railway network will be flagged off from Roha in Western Maharashtra to Veer on November 8, said Konkan Railway’s Regional Railway Manager Bindu Muralidharan.

Speaking on the sidelines of railways review meeting chaired by MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, she said that the electrification of the Konkan network will be undertaken simultaneously between Roha and Thokur in Karnataka from November 8. The Konkan Railway has been a single track since its inception. In the second phase, the work on doubling of track from Thokur to Baindur is likely to be taken up. The project cost of doubling and electrification of Konkan Railway network is Rs 10,600 crore.

Doubling
Palakkad Divisional Railway Manager Anand Prakash said that doubling of Panambur -Jokatte stretch covering six km is likely to be commissioned in March. The doubling work on the 19-km stretch from Mangaluru Junction-Panambur section is likley to be delayed due to the existence of 750 metre tunnel mid-way. The work is likley to take two years to complete, he said.

He said the rail electrification work between Shoranur and Mangaluru is progressing.  The non-availability of power in Kerala has become a major concern for the Railway to test the electrified route. The Kerala Electricity Board is unable to supply the required power to energise the lines. Five of the six sub-stations on the Shoranur-Mangaluru line are in Kerala and one is in Thokur in Mangaluru. The electrification upto Kallayi has been completed. The wiring is being completed upto Kannur. The wiring from Kannur to Mangaluru is in progress, he said.

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/510740/doubling-works-konkan-railway-begin.html

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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