Konkan Railway and Elevated Railway
The Konkan Railway
- The completion of west coast broad gauge rail line, popularly known as the Konkan Railway I perhaps the most historic event in the Konkan region. The construction of 762.50km. line from Roha near Mumbai to Mangalore in [[[Karnataka ]]]was one of the most challenging tasks ever faced by the Indain Railways.
- Scalling the formidable hill ranges and crossing the innumerable gorges, creeks, rivers and thick forests and reaching out to the sea from the western ghats has made this feat an engineering marvel.
- The railway line is the lifeline of Konkan. The region is known for its forest and horticulture products, fisheries and rich mineral deposits, which will be immensely benefitted by this line.
- It will also open new frontiers for the Indian tourism as the region is endowed with scenic hills and beautiful beaches.
- The Konkan line reduces the distance between Delhi and Mangalore by 785 km. between Mumbai and Mangalore by 914 mk. And between Ahmadabad and Mangalore by 1,295 km.
- The rail distance between Mumbai and Goa will now be 190 kms. Less than the road distance.
The Elevated Railway
- India’s first elevated multi crore suburban railway scheme was inaugurated in Chennai on Nov. 15th 1995.
- The prestigious project between Madras Beach and Chepauk, Known as Mass Rapid Transit System(MRTS) is a major landmark in the history of Indian Railways.
- The track is laid on the girders, most of them are 18 metres long and each weighing 200 tonnes.
- The elevated stations have three floors, the ground floor has ticket counters, the mezzanine floor three metres above has the amenities and the platform is 9 metres above the ground floor.
- The estimated cost of constructing these platforms is 5.17 crore.