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Railway in Saurashtra - A Historical Update

 

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Advent of railways as early as 1878, primarily as a famine relief measure.

November 1878, on the instance of Maharaja Takthasinhji of Bhavnagar state, the Governor of Bombay Sir Richard Temple sanctioned the extension of meter gauge railway line from Wadhwan to Bhavnagar, which was opened on December l8, 1880.

April 1948, Saurashtra Railway came into being with the amalgamation of Railways of Bhavnagar, Gondal, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Dwarka, Morbi, Dhrangadhra, Okhamandal, Junagadh and many other state railways. November 1951, Western Railway came in to existence with the merger of BB&.C1 Railway and Saurashtra Railway. Bhavnagar Division was inaugurated on 15th August 1956.

1990s, Government decided to develop Private Ports on 1640 Kms coast line in the state of Gujarat.

1992, M/s. Gujarat Pipavav Port Limited (GPPL), took up the development of Port of Pipavav.

1999, to enhance direct rail connectivity to their port, GPPL approached Indian Railway to convert MG line from Surendranagar to Rajula City and its further extension to Pipavav port.

May 2000, Pipavav Railway Corporation Limited, a Joint Venture (JV) of GPPL and Indian Railways formed to take up Construction of 271 Kms broad gauge line from Surendranagar to Pipavav port and the management of train operations.

April 2003 Chief Engineer (Construction)/Western Railway issued safety certificate for the movement of freight trains on Pipavav Railway.

May 11, 2003 the then Hon'ble Deputy Prime Minister of India, in a well attended ceremony at Ahmedabad declared PIPAVAV RAILWAY open for freight traffic by giving green signal to the first freight train rolled out of Pipavav port through video link.

In 2005 Maersk Sealand took control of Port of Pipavav by acquiring the entire stake of M/s. SeaKing Infrastructure Limited.

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