- Ministry of Railways under National Rail Vikas Yojana has embarked upon strengthening
of rail connectivity to various ports. Recent developments in ports in Gandhidham
area have established need for additional freight corridor to northern hinterland.
Accordingly, Ministry of Railways decided to convert existing meter gauge line between
Gandhidham and Palanpur(301 km). After RVNL(a PSU under Ministry of Railways) came
into being, this project was transferred to RVNL for execution. RVNL set up a Special
Purpose Vehicle for gauge conversion of Gandhidham-Palanpur and Kutch Railway Company
was formed with equity contribution from RVNL, Kandla Port Trust, Mundra Port &
SEZ Ltd. and Govt. of Gujarat to undertake the gauge conversion of Gandhidham-Palanpur
meter gauge of 301 km.
- KRC was incorporated on 22nd January'2004 under Companies Act, 1956. Ministry of
Railways had leased all the assets including land, buildings, bridges, etc. on the
above line to KRC for a period of 32 years and authorized KRC to finance, construct,
operate, maintain and manage the Palanpur - Gandhidham section.
- Commercial operations on KRC section started w.e.f. 1st July'2006.