Konkan Railway Corporation
|Founded||July 19, 1990|
|Area served||Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka|
|Key people||E. Sreedharan|
Konkan Railway Corporation (KRC) is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways (IR). It operates the Konkan Railways, a subsidiary zone of the Indian Railways. It is headquartered at CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai. The company started its full operations of trains on 26 January 1998.The first passenger train which ran on Konkan railway tracks on 20 March 1993 between Udupi and Mangalore. Konkan Railway Corporation is at the forefront of research and development of new technologies and concepts for Indian railways. During its initial years of operations in the mountainous Konkan region, a spate of accidents prompted Konkan Railway to investigate new technologies. The anti-collision devices, the Sky Bus and RORO are a few of the innovations from Konkan Railways.
Anti-collision device network
is a form of Automatic Train Protection.
RORO means Roll On Roll Off, where loaded trucks are directly carried by railway wagons to their destination. Konkan Railways passes through tough terrains of India. There is NH-17 passing through same route. Truck drivers find it extremely difficult to drive loaded trucks through ghats, undulating surfaces, narrow roads and poor road and weather conditions. The KRC came with concept of RORO, where loaded trucks are moved on wagons and are travelled by train. This has helped in saving of fuels, decrease in wear and tear of lorries (trucks), relief to drivers of driving in extreme conditions, can reach faster to destination. This also helps in decongestion of roads and lowering of pollution. This concept has been beneficial for both truck operators and KRCL.
The RORO service was started in 1998 between Kolad in Maharasthra to Surathkal in Karnataka. In the last 13 years, Konkan Railway has carried 2,54,731 trucks at an average of 22,000 trucks per year. Konkan Railway currently runs five rakes of service between Kolad-Verna, Kolad-Surathkal and Ankola-Surathkal. They are now building the sixth rake which can take bigger trucks with tandem axle.
Konkan Railway has introduced a novel, patented concept of Sky Bus. This is seen as solution for problem of public transportation problem in thickly populated areas, especially in big cities. The unique feature of this concept that it requires less space and money as compared to other Mass Rapid Transit systems. The self-propelled coaches hang over rails mounted on a structure and travel. This concept can be easily implemented even on existing roads. Vehicles can move on the road and Sky bus can move on their top. Hence the name Sky Bus. A prototype is ready at Margao railway station.**