Konkan Railway Electrified Network

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to dedicate 100% electrification of the Konkan Railway (KR) route to India. He will flag off trains on electric traction from Ratnagiri, Margao and Udupi through video conferencing.

Electrification of Konkan Railway

  • Konkan Railway had electrified its 741km route from Roha, near Mumbai to Thokur in Mangaluru in March 2022.
  • The 741-km network was certified for operating trains on March 28, 2022.
  • It marked an important step towards green transportation of India’s biggest stretches of railway electrification.
  • Konkan Railway being one of India’s biggest railway routes on Indian Railway network. On this route, train operations with electric traction will be implemented in a phased manner.
  • Electrification of this route is likely to lead to a savings of Rs 150 crore in fuel expenditure.
  • It will also lead to seamless operation on west coast and pollution-free mode of transportation besides reducing dependence on HSD oil.

The Konkan Railway

Konkan Railway is operated by Konkan Railway Corporation. It is headquartered with at CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. First passenger train ran on the Konkan railway tracks, between Udupi and Mangalore, on March 23, 1993. During initial years of operation, the mountainous Konkan region led to a number of accidents. It prompted Konkan Railway to implement new technology like Anti-collision devices, the roll-on/roll-off and Sky Bus.

Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL)

KRCL is a public sector undertaking, with headquarter in Navi Mumbai. It operates the Konkan Railway. It also undertakes other railway-related projects. KRCL started the full operations of trains on January 26, 1998. It is at the forefront of research and development of new concepts and technologies for Indian railways.

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