Two laning of Konkan railway route possible!
A report has been submitted stating possibility to expand the busiest Konkan Railway route
Ratnagiri: A report has been submitted stating possibility to expand the busiest Konkan Railway route, as per the information provided by the sources in Railway. MP Dr Nilesh Rane had pursued this issue constantly. 300 km belt of total 741 km long route will be expanded to two lanes giving great relief to commuters.
The Konkan Railway first ran in 1998 when there were some uncertainties over its usage initially but soon it became busiest and fastest routes preferred for transport of passengers and cargo. 78 trains run over these tracks daily including passenger, express, cargo and superfast trains.
Around 35 lakh commuters travel by Konkan railway. To curb the pressure of increasing number of travelers and demand of new trains, railways come up with extra or special trains in pick seasons. 844 special trains with 1734 extra bogies were ran by railways during December 2013 but constantly increasing number of passengers has made the option of tow-laning inevitable.
MP Dr Rane has constantly followed up this issue and raised it in the Parliament time and again. The efforts have received positive response. Meanwhile, report stating possibilities of two laning work has been submitted. Huge funds required to undertake this work are planned to be raised from World Bank, as per the sources.
The two laning will take place at certain point of places including 45 km distance from Roha to Veer and 60 km from Udupi to Mangalore. Plenty of tunnels on this route will make two laning process challenging for Railways.
New trains will be able to run on the route after two laning. Along with Maharashtra, governments of few other states like Goa, Kerala and Karnataka will require to support this ambitious project, according to sources.