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Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd.
Type Public Limited
Founded July 19, 1990
Headquarters Navi Mumbai
Area served Indian states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka
Key people E. Sreedharan
Industry Railways
Parent Indian Railways
Website www.KonkanRailway.com
Surathkal station on Konkan Railway route

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 Belapur in Navi Mumbai. The company started its full operations of trains on 26 January 1998. 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.

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Anti-collision device network

is a form of Automatic Train Protection.

Sky Bus

Konkan Railway has introduced a novel, patented[1] 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 Madgaon railway station.

RORO

Trucks on train, RORO

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 KRC.

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