Underlying connection between Konkan Railway project and Bajaj Kawasaki bikes

Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) was first registered on July 19, 1990. Sreedharan took over as CMD on July 30. The first thing he did was prepare a new report for the project instead of the one prepared by the Southern Railways. According to the survey by Railways, there were many issues in the alignment of Konkan Railways. Many of the regions with a high population density that could have been avoided from the plan were included in the alignment. Many studies and surveys were carried out right from the point of discussions over the Konkan Railway started.

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What is the connection between the Konkan Railway project and Bajaj Kawasaki bikes? Kawasaki bikes have a major role to play in determining the itinerary of the greatest project of the past century which was the laying of a railway track along the Konkan coast, an expanse brimming with flora and fauna. Kawasaki bikes and the alignment preparation of the Konkan path are heavily interlinked. It was decided to conduct a new survey for the project right after E Sreedharan took over as the CMD of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL). It is during this period that the Kawasaki bikes were first introduced.

There were many fresh graduate engineers as employees under that company. They took on the daring task with the help of Kawasaki. Kawasakis paced through roads that remained alien to normal vehicles, carrying engineers and levelling equipment. Around 100 modified bikes were brought for this purpose. The corporation provided the fuel needed by the vehicles with a daily allowance of Rs 100. The ‘Kawasaki bikers’ finished the task way before the expected time.

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