Why Konkan Railway is different?
The Konkan Railway (KR) is operated by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited, headquartered at CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. The first passenger train ran on Konkan railway tracks on 20 March 1993 between Udupi and Mangalore.It was the missing link between Mumbai, Maharashtra and Mangalore, Karnataka and the southwestern coastal cities of India. The 741 km (461 mi) line connects Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka states in India. The first train on the completed track was flagged off on January 26, 1998, the Republic Day of India.The KR is one of the beautiful railway route in India.This railway route two side are hills,forest,waterfall….etc.Two days to required for see Indias greenest rail route because 741 km covers day and night so tourist can’t enjoy in night so other option is Mangalore To Ratnagiri (597.5km) day 2 Ratnagiri to Roha (237km). This route is tourist most favorite route.
Konkan Railway is under the control of other railways than Konkan Railway corporation this route developed under the control Indian railway, Kerala,Karnataka,Goa Maharashtra.Most railway stations are beautiful
Konkan Railway started its operations, the two important port cities Mangaluru and Mumbai were not directly connected by the railway network. People would travel by trains running through inland India via Bengaluru-Belagavi-Pune route. In the mid-twentieth century, people travelling to Mumbai from Mangaluru and adjoining areas would go to Kadur or Birur by bus and then catch a train to Mumbai (Bombay then). In the 1970s National Highway 17 (NOW NH-66) was built to connect these cities by road.
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 runs parallel to the Arabian Sea, offering views along the coast. The Konkan railway route intersects national highway National Highway 66 (India) at many places.
Drawing up their plans in an office, Mr. Sreedharan’s(head of the KR) team had yet to realise what kind of terrain they would have to battle, and though some surveys had been conducted, there was no data for the entire stretch in Maharashtra – a route which involved half the length of the line. Besides, the task was formidable. With a total number of over 2,000 bridges and 91 tunnels to be built through this mountainous terrain containing many rivers, it was the biggest and perhaps the most difficult railway engineering project on the Indian subcontinent at the time.A major challenge in the area was land acquisition as c. 43,000 landowners had to be negotiated with. But though land-related lawsuits are common in the Konkan, when KRCL began persuading people to give up property that had belonged to their families for generations, many gave it up voluntarily, convinced of the importance of the project. This enabled the entire process to be completed in just a year.