Kothavalasa railway station

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Junction Station
Kottavalasa Train Station.jpg
View of a platform
Location Visakhapatnam-Aarku Road, Kothavalasa, Vizianagaram dt., Andhra Pradesh
Coordinates 17°53′30″N 83°11′09″E / 17.8917°N 83.1859°E / 17.8917; 83.1859Coordinates: 17°53′30″N 83°11′09″E / 17.8917°N 83.1859°E / 17.8917; 83.1859
Elevation 56 m (184 ft)
Line(s) Khurda Road-Visakhapatnam section of Howrah-Chennai main line
Kothavalasa-Kirandul line
Platforms 5
Tracks Broad gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Parking Available
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code KTV
Zone(s) East Coast Railway zone
Division(s) Waltair
Opened 1896; 121 years ago (1896)
Previous names East Coast State Railway
Bengal Nagpur Railway
Kothavalasa  railway station is located in Andhra Pradesh
Kothavalasa  railway station
Kothavalasa railway station
Location in Andhra Pradesh

Kothavalasa railway station, located in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, serves Kothavalasa in Vizianagaram district. It is a major freight transit point with iron ore rakes travelling from mines around Kirandul and Bailadila in Chhattisgarh to Visakhapatnam Port.


Between 1893 and 1896, 1,288 km (800 mi) of the East Coast State Railway was opened for traffic. In 1898-99, Bengal Nagpur Railway was linked to the lines in southern India.[1]

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(under Dandakaranya Project).[2] The Kothavalasa-Kirandaul line was opened in 1966-67.[3]


The Visakhapatnam - Kothavalasa - Araku - Koraput - Jeypore - Jagdalpur - Dantewara - Kirandul section was electrified in the year 1980-83.[4]

Railway reorganization[edit]

Kothavalasa raliway station entrance

The Bengal Nagpur Railway was nationalized in 1944.[5]Eastern Railway was formed on 14 April 1952 with the portion of East Indian Railway Company east of Mughalsarai and the Bengal Nagpur Railway.[6] In 1955, South Eastern Railway was carved out of Eastern Railway. It comprised lines mostly operated by BNR earlier.[6][7] Amongst the new zones started in April 2003 were East Coast Railway and South East Central Railway. Both these railways were carved out of South Eastern Railway.[6]


  1. ^ "Major Events in the Formation of S.E. Railway". South Eastern Railway. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  2. ^ Baral, Chitta. "History of Indian Railways in Orissa" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  3. ^ "History of Waltair Division". Mannanna.com. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  4. ^ "History of Electrification". IRFCA. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "IR History: Part - III (1900 - 1947)". IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  6. ^ a b c "Geography – Railway Zones". IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  7. ^ "IR History: Part - IV (1947 - 1970)". IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 

External links[edit]

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