Expediting Track doubling on Konkan Railway my main focus: Shobha Karandlaje, MP/Udupi-Chickmagalur constituency

UDUPI: Udupi-Chikmagalur MP Shobha Karandlaje said her main focus was expediting the doubling of track on Konkan Railway route in coming years.

“The Konkan railway track doubling project will receive a fillip this time,” she told mediapersons on Monday. Shobha said she was keen on bringing central government-sponsored schemes to her constituency. “My other priorities include developing the Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery (IIGJ), Government Tool Room and Training Centre (GTTC) and providing full-fledged infrastructure for Kendriya Vidyalaya in Udupi.” “The new government in the centre will focus on ensuring that ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme reaches the deserving sections of society,” she added.

The Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. (KRCL)’s plan to augment and enhance line capacity on its 736-km route connecting Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, and parts of Kerala are under scanner due to delays in electrification and doubling works. Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu during November has pulled up KRCL after finding out that the works were not progressing at the envisaged pace and as per the government’s schedule. The project was to achieve completion in three years starting 2015, but has fallen behind due to several “challenges” in the foundation works carried out at a cost of ₹710 crore.

KRCL CMD informed that the work is not progressing as planned. A lot of challenges are being faced in the foundation works. The CMD said he is hoping these will be resolved post monsoon, he said.

The Konkan rail route is saturated from overuse and passenger overload while catering to popular routes such as Goa, with trains such as Jan Shatabdi and Rajya Rani packed to capacity all year round. The Chiplun, Ratnagiri and Sawantwadi routes are in dire need of enhancements owing to heavy overload. As a result, the route faces disruptions, landslides and delay during the monsoon.