Konkan Railway to go through transformation
Konkan Railway is granted a two-lane route and electrification
Mumbai: Defamed amongst travellers for a day long delays due to frequent cliff fall and derailment, Konkan Railway has good news for its commuters on the occasion of Navratri. Konkan Railway is granted a two-lane route and electrification.
This project is expected to cost Rs 15 Thousand crore. After completing current survey, it will be completed with the financial assistance from World Bank and Japan based finance company Jayka, hopes the President of Konkan Railway Bhanuprakash Tayal.
The Member of Parliament from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg constituency, Dr Nilesh Rane had pursued this matter repeatedly. The World Bank and Jayka has agreed to fund the project, if the fund gets granted this project will complete within three to four years, said Tayal in a press conference conducted in Konkan Bhavan.
Currently, 55 trains run on the route of Konkan Railway every day. As per the rules of Indian Railways, the routes running more than 50 trains daily are eligible to convert the route in tow-lane. Therefore, Konkan Railway’s route between Roha and Mangalore is now even technically clear to be tow-lane. Tayal also assured to acquire minimum land for this project.
Success to the efforts of MP Dr Nilesh Rane
Dr Nilesh Rane constantly followed the issue of tow-lane route and electrification. He discussed this project of Konkan Railway with every railway minister in Delhi and made it possible. According to the citizens of Konkan, this project could be granted only due to his constant efforts. Contented with this decision Dr Rane assures that he would keep following up with Konkan Railway to solve the issues faced by the people in Konkan.
The way of electrification eased
The private company L&T has shown interest to fund electrification of Konkan Railway. The survey of electrification on the route between Roha and Mangalore will be finished within a month. The discussion about electrifying this route on BOT basis is on final stage and this project will start shortly, informed Tayal. Currently, Rs 250 crore are spent on the transport of diesel, this will be slashed down to Rs 150 crore saving Rs 100 crore after electrification. Konkan Railway will repay to L&T from this savings, said Tayal.
Skybus project wrapped
Konkan Railway has decided to wrap up the ambitious project of Skybus. This decision was taken due to swelling expenditure on the project and provision of funds. Rs 50 crore are spent on this project till date and Rs 100 crore more were required to complete it.
Luggage trolley service in Sawantwadi
Konkan Railway has decided to avail the service of ‘Luggage Trolley’ on Sawantwadi Railay Station like the airports. This service will start at Sawantwadi from the next month to be followed by Madgaon and Thivim.