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With its total length of 6.5 km, Karbude Tunnel distinguished itself as India’s longest railways tunnel until Pir Panjal Tunnel had been constructed. This tunnel is still considered country’s biggest and notable engineering marvel henceforth it distinguishes in the country for this reason as well. This tunnel is indeed historic one on the Konkan Railway route nearby Maharashtra state’s Ratnagiri area. The location of Karbude Tunnel in between the Ukshi and Bhoke railway stations still maintains its distinction of the longest one on the Konkan Railways Zone.
Purpose of Tunnel
Main purpose behind the construction of the Karbude Tunnel was to ascertain hassle-free operation of Indian Railways’ Konkan Zone travel. This tunnel has also become a famous tunnel through its locational identities. It is named the Bhoke Tunnel towards its Mumbai Side area. This tunnel is famously called Karbude Tunnel from Mumbai side so it is known as Mumbai Ratnagiri Tunnel.
The construction of Karbude Tunnel was mainly aimed at making it easy for the railways to operate in the region. Heavy materials were used to construct this tunnel. Seeing its usage for railways and longtime services in the future, this tunnel was constructed with sincerity for several years. Expert engineers were involved to construct it for effective operation of Konkan Railways as railways route in this area to link several states. Uniqueness of this tunnel is that while its railways operation is successful other construction tasks have also begun nearby it. The tunnel has simplified infrastructure henceforth it remains a crucial one as a perfectly planned tunnel to connect several states through Indian Railways.
Progress of the Project
Several attempts have been made to turn the Karbude Tunnel operational in all respects. Its operation has indeed shortened the route in this area. Countless developmental projects have already begun nearby it due to fast urbanization of this area where this tunnel locates.