Kothavalasa–Kirandul line

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Kothavalasa–Kirandul line
Aruku View.jpg
Kothavalasa–Kirandul line passes
through Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district
Overview
Status Operational
Locale Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh
Termini Kothavalasa
Kirandul
Stations 48
Operation
Opening 1966
Owner Indian Railway
Operator(s) East Coast Railway zone
Technical
Track length 443 km (275 mi)
No. of tracks 1
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad gauge
Electrification 25kV AC 50 Hz
Route map
Kms
to Pendruti
0 Kothavalasa
to Vizianagaram
9 Mallividu
15 Lakkavarupukota
26 Shrungavarupukota
33 Boddavara
45 Shivalingapuram
52 Tyada
62 Chimidipalli
71 Borra Guhalu
82 Karakavalasa
90 Shimiliguda
103 Araku
112 Gorapur
Andhra Pradesh state
Odisha state
125 Darliput
135 Padua
145 Bheja
156 Machhakunda
169 Paliba
177 Suku (SXV)
177 Suku (SUKU)
188 Koraput
to Rayagada
189 Koraput Cabin B
195 Manabar
204 Jarti
215 Maligura
222 Chattriput
229 Jeypore
238 Dhanapur Orissa
246 Khadapa
Odisha state
Chhattisgarh state
250 Charamula Kusum
261 Kotapur Road
269 Ambagaon
279 Amagura
287 Nakati Semra
293 Jagdalpur
302 Kumar Maranga
310 Topokal
316 Bade Arapur
327 Dilmili
338 Silak Jhori
347 Kumar Sadra
360 Kaklur
372 Kawargaon
381 Dabpal
392 Gidam
400 Dantewara
412 Kamalur
424 Bhansi
434 Bacheli
443 Kirandul

Kothavalasa–Kirandul line belongs to Waltair Railway Division of East Coast Railway Zone. It passes through three states Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

History[edit]

In 1960, Indian Railway took up three projects: the Kothavalasa – Araku – Koraput – Jeypore – Jagdalpur – Dantewara – Kirandaul line, the Jharsuguda – Sambalpur – Bargarh – Balangir – Titlagarh Project and the Biramitrapur – Rourkela – Bimlagarh – Kiriburu project. All the three projects taken together were popularly known as the DBK Project or the Dandakaranya – Bolangir – Kiriburu project.[1] The Kothavalasa–Kirandaul line was opened in 1966–67 under South Eastern Railway Zone with financial aid of Japan for transporting Iron ore.[2]

Geography[edit]

This line passes hill sections of Eastern ghats through Araku Valley. This is the highest broad gauge in the world which touches as high as 996.32 metres above sea level (MSL).[citation needed] The line has a total of 58 tunnels and 84 major bridges and each tunnel is as long as 520 metres.

Electrification[edit]

Electrification of the line was completed in four phases. Kirandul–Jagdalpur section was completed in 1980. Jagdalpur–Koraput section was completed in 1981. Koraput–Araku–Waltair section was completed in 1982.The Kothavalasa–Kirandul route was completely electrified by 1982.[3]

Speed limits[edit]

The Kothavalasa-Kirandul section is classified as a Group E-special class line in which speed should be below 100 km/h.[4]

Freight[edit]

This line is mainly used for freight purposes which is a huge profit benefitting Waltair Division. Nearly INR3000 crore (US$500 million) of profit comes through this line. Iron ore from Baladila were transported to Waltair through this line.[5]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baral, Chitta. "History of Indian Railways in Orissa". Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  2. ^ "History of Waltair Division". Mannanna.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  3. ^ "IR Electrification History". IRFCA. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Chapter II – The Maintenance of Permanent Way". Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  5. ^ "kirandul line news".