Konkan Railway Project , constructed on BOT, Built Operate-Transfer Concept, is the biggest project undertaken by Indian Railways as far.Konkan Railway traverses through 3 states viz. Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka linking Roha Station on Central Railway with a route length of 762 kms.Commissioning of this railway line will reduce rail distance between northern/western/central India and destinations on western coast. To cater the freight traffic requirements, goods terminal have been commissioned at Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kudal, Verna, Karwar and Udupi stations of Konkan railway.
What is it in Konkan that mystifies outside people?
Mahad is one of the most important cities of western Maharashtra. It is situated at a distance of 180 km from Mumbai (Bombay) and 120 km from Pune. The city has become the center of attraction because of its beautiful surroundings and pleasant climate. Mahad has a personality of its own due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. The city, vibrant and active on the industrial, political, social and cultural fronts, has influenced the lives of some great personalities. Surrounded by the Sahyadri mountain range, with Savitri and Gandhari rivers flowing through and having Shivthar Ghal, Raigad in the vicinity; it is the ideal getaway. Being one of the most developed area in Konkan, Mahad is a perfect combination of modern industrial advancements and ancient and valuable Indian culture.
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Yet another town in Ratnagiri with a tranquil and picturesque beach. The landmark at this beach like Ganpatipule is a temple, the Kalbhairav Shiva temple. For those who are not afraid of sailing in the small fishing boats which dot the coastline, a trip to the north side of the bay is worthwhile to see the original residence of the Peshwas or the prime ministers of the Maratha empire. The route to reach this beach is the famous Mumbai-Goa highway via Panvel-Mangaon-Goregaon Phata 230 km away. Besides just lazing on the beach, one can also visit the Peshwa Smarak and Bankot fort at Bagmandala about four km away. This beach is also not fully exploited by Mumbaikars though the distance of just 230 km is not a very long drive to enjoy a wonderful three to four sunny days at a wonderful beach.
Raigarh Fort :
the capital of Shivaji and the 17th century Maratha king - 160 km from Mumbai.
It is situated at north Latitude 17o and east Longitude 73o 19'. It is lying center of the district and is bounded on north by Chiplun, on the east by Sangameshwar, on the south by Rajapur and on the west by the sea. The chief rivers in Ratnagiri are the Shastri, Bor, Muchkundi, Ratnagiri river.