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Blog Entry# 3210486
Posted: Mar 16 2018 (21:59)

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Last Response: Mar 28 2018 (20:07)
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Mar 16 2018 (21:59)   ROHA/Roha

Obi Wan has taught you well~   3768 blog posts   1666 correct pred (74% accurate)
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As i was going through AMS maps (thanks Anirudh Sir :P) for raigad district, I found this weird MG line running in Raigad district, almost perpendicular to today's KR/CR line
the line starts around Mulshi dam, at some distance below the main mountain range which has Mulshi lake, then runs along a stream that comes from the lake, and the runs alongside Kundalika river before crossing Kolad and then eventually terminating at Roha
Google search throws up nothing of note, although i suspect the line may have had something to do with maintenance
rather than transport of people
Does anyone have any idea about this line???

1 posts - Tue Mar 27, 2018

Mar 27 2018 (11:55)
Obi Wan has taught you well~   3768 blog posts   1666 correct pred (74% accurate)
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Great as usual
Should have tagged you the day I wrote the post :P
Why did these railway lines stop operating?? In mumbai for instance, the narrow gauge railway line laid along 'pipeline' stopped operating after the pipeline stopped carrying water (most of the pipeline and the railway line is gone now) but the dams you mentioned are still operational and so the lines should also be.
roads caused their demise??
The lines don't exist now :/

Mar 27 2018 (17:12)
HOG WAM4 WAP1~   3687 blog posts
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Road transport was the main factor in the demise of many of the light railway lines. In this case, the lines were chiefly used by Tata employees only and they were laid down as light railways so that the maintenance costs could be kept down and also to ensure a rapid construction.
In the early days of the light railways, the tracks were usually laid alongside existing roads and in cases where there were no roads, the track was laid in such a way that the track-bed could also serve as a road if required. This way they ensured that construction costs were low, as surveys for line alignment and land acquisition issues could be
avoided. Before the advent of faster buses, this also ensured that the light railways had an excellent patronage. But this very idea later spelled doom for almost all the light railways as buses would soon become faster and more convenient than slow, narrow gauge trains.
Out of all of Tata's lines in the area, the Chinchwad-Mulshi line had the best chances of being converted to a regular railway line. But the expansion of the city and the gradual takeover by faster buses, meant that the line saw its prospects of being a popular commercial line, slashed very quickly. Also, while there was a possibility to connect it to the Roha-Bhira line and have a new connection from Pune to Roha, Roha itself was a non-descript town and barring the suburbs of Pune, there wasn't much traffic along the route to justify a passenger railway line.
Once the construction of the dam was completed, the lines were only used as an employee shuttle service and occasionally transporting equipment. Maintaining the entire line with only such low volume of traffic soon became a financial burden. Buses and trucks served the purpose better, and the railway lines were soon abandoned.

Mar 28 2018 (18:59)
Obi Wan has taught you well~   3768 blog posts   1666 correct pred (74% accurate)
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Amazing :)
Your ability to answer questions across India with an amazing accuracy is incredible, to say the least.
Roha, even today, isn't much more than non descript town, and as such it isn't surprising that line died once buses become faster
Chinchwad mulshi line, sadly, could have been popular as many in pune travel there today for weekend outing.
query (:P) : where did you read this, as google search doesn't throw up useful results.
Also, thanks once again :)

Mar 28 2018 (19:28)
HOG WAM4 WAP1~   3687 blog posts
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Thank you. :)
The Chinchwad-Mulshi line is mentioned in several records of the TATA Power co. and the agitations on the line were the subject of discussion in some contemporary legislative assembly debates. One IRFCA member had tried to track the alignment and posted a few pictures of some ruined culverts in the gallery. But the TATA power co's records are the main source of any available information on the line.
The Roha-Bhira portion is more obscure and while there was some mention of it in the
IRFCA groups, and some mentions of the line's gauge on Google, little to no information is available on other details. However, the annual 'Indian Forest administration' reports from the 1920's have some details about these lines as they were chiefly used for transporting wood and fuel to the project sites. I'll gather more details in future visits to the library and share the information here. :)

Mar 28 2018 (20:07)
Obi Wan has taught you well~   3768 blog posts   1666 correct pred (74% accurate)
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1 compliments
Thank you :)
Thanks, you really are an asset to this site. :)
I have been to roha, trust me I never found anything close to railway line there.
Thanks to you I found this :)

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