The Konkan Railways is that subsidiary zone of the Indian Railways that covers the Indian states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka – the western Indian region of intersecting rivers, mountains and valleys. This rail line of Konkan Railways runs over the coastal area covering the region between the Arabian Sea and Sahyadri Hills. Konkan Railway extends over a length of approximately 738 kilometers. There are a total of 56 stations on this particular line.
History of Konkan Railway
Work on this line was completed in the 50th year of the Indian Independence and the first train on Konkam Railway route plied on January 26, 1998, which coincides with India’s Republic Day.
Konkan Railway – Division of Region
Although Konkan Railway does not have separate divisions like the others, its region is divided between Ratnagiriin Maharashtra and Karwar in Karnataka, with headquarters in each region. The Ratnagiri region stretches over 380 km from Roha to Sawantwadi in Maharashtra and the Karwar region stretches over 360 km from Pernem in Goa to Thokur in Karnataka.
Konkan Railway Route
The Konkan Railway route is not electrified and is a single-line track. The route is meant for both passenger and freight traffic. In fact, this route has been popular with passengers right from the beginning because of its great connectivity to places, which could not be easily accessed. A journey by Konkan railway promises you sights of some of the most picturesque landscapes, thanks to its route being parallel to the Arabian Sea coastline.
Area Connected by Konkan Railway Line
This region has a beautiful blend of tradition and modern development and growth. The area popular for its abundant coconut and mango trees, is a land also rich in minerals and thick forests. This project led to the implementation of several technological innovations and also mirrors the will and courage that went into building this railway line that connects western and Southern India extensively.
By Rahul Kumar