As a Railway system, Solapur Division is over 140 years old with main line stretching from Raichur to Pune/Manmad as a part of GIP Railway.After formation of Zonal Railways, later it became a part of South Central Railway between 1966 to 1977, shedding some routes and re-gaining a part later, after it came back to C.Rly.It originally had a combination of BG in main routes besides a short Branch of MG towards Bijapur, which is now BG and about 370 Kms. long stretch of NG connecting Miraj with Latur. This long NG route of Barshi Light Railway (BLR) has also recently become a part of history, with the entire length route having been fully converted into BG.
There are many tall tiled roof buildings throughout the division, posing challenges for maintenance, but providing grandeur look and convenience of high ceiling pitched roof.‘E’ shaped Divisional Offices building with tiled roof and grand long Varandah on either side of the row of offices and greenery in between, is definitely a vintage stuff.This must be one of the unique Divisional Offices building in the entire Indian Railways.Divisional Railway Manager’s residence is also a landmark building in the entire Solapur city
Solapur which is an agglomeration of 16 (Sola) villages to its present status has its great moments in history.Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis is a proud son of Solapur who was chosen and deputed to China to treat wounded Chinese soldiers during Sino-Japanese War in 1938.Yeomen services rendered by Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis for 4 years in China till he passed away at an young age of only 32 years, is still being remembered strongly by Govt. of China.
During ‘Salt Satyagraha Movement’ of Mahatma Gandhi in 1930, Solapur city literally declared freedom for 3 days from British rule during May 1930 when all the Govt. officials and Police were forced out of the town.Tri-colour flag was made to fly on the Municipal building for these 3 days, till the British Army marched into Solapur to restore British rule.For this unprecedented agitation, 4 freedom fighters, namely Mallappa Dhanshetty, Vasant Shinde, Kurban Hussain and Kisan Sarda were captured, tried before Military Court and hanged to death in Jan.1931.All these four Martyrs made their niche in History of Freedom Struggle of India.
Solapur Division includes southern Maharashtra region and Gulbarga District of Karnataka.Both these regions have not got their due share in development in the independent India, though the Railway system is quite old and forms part of the Main Line between Mumbai & Chennai. Solapur division is ushering in a new era of development for this region.Following projects which are under way will begin a period of transformation for this region to bring growth and prosperity within the next 5 years.
·Completion of Gauge conversion from Latur to Miraj, by the end of this year.
·Doubling & Electrification from Daund to Wadi, to be completed in about 3 years.
·Electrification of Daund-Manmad section.
·New lines connecting Gulbarga with Bidar in Karnataka and Ahmednagar with Parli in Maharashtra.
·Vast and rapid growth of major cement industries with rail connectivities in the limestone rich region of Gulbarga.
These projects will provide connectivity from Western Maharashtra to Marathawada and Vidharbha region, besides speeding up trains in the main line connecting Mumbai with the Southern parts of the country.