Kothavalasa–Kirandul line belongs to Waltair railway division of East Coast Railway zone from 2003 till Feb 2019 . It was under South Eastern Railway zone until 2003. Now some Part of KK line till Araku railway Station will be coming under South Coast Railway zone and East Coast Railway after Gorapur Station. It passes through three states – Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
|Locale||Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh|
|Operator(s)||South Eastern Railway zone Till 2003 March, East Coast Railway zone from April 2003 to 2019 , South Coast Railway zone and East Coast Railway zone from Feb 2019|
|Track length||445 km (277 mi)|
|Number of tracks||1|
|Track gauge||5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) broad gauge|
|Electrification||25 kV AC 50 Hz|
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. The Kothavalasa–Kirandaul line was opened in 1966–67 under S E Railway with financial aid of Japan for transporting iron ore.
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.
The line has a length of 445 km (277 mi),out of which 138 km (86 mi) lies in Andhra Pradesh up to Gorapur which will be joining South Coast Railway, rest of the line will remain in the Rayagada division of East Coast Railway 131 km (81 mi) lies in Odisha up to Khadapa, 194 km (121 mi) lies in Chhattisgarh up to Kirandul. The maximum route km being in Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh with Odisha taking 3rd position. The Kothavalasa–Kirandul section is classified as a Group E-special class line in which speed should be below 100 km/h.
This line is mainly used for freight purposes which is a huge profit benefitting Waltair Division. Nearly ₹3,000 crore (US$380 million) of profit comes through this line. Iron ore from Bailadila are transported to Visakhapatnam through this line.
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