Mangalore, officially known as Mangaluru, is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is known as Mangaluru in Kannada, Kudla in Tulu, Kodial in Konkani, Maikāla in Beary. It is located about 352 kilometres (220 mi) west of the state capital, Bangalore between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges. It is the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada (formerly South Canara) district in south western Karnataka.
Mangalore ranks amongst the cleanest cities in India. The city was ranked India’s 13th and Karnataka’s second most favourable destination for business. Mangalore will be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi’s flagship Smart Cities Mission.
Four National Highways pass through Mangalore. NH-66 (previously known as NH-17 till April 2011), which runs from Panvel (in Maharashtra) to Edapally Junction (near Cochin in Kerala), passes through Mangalore in a north–south direction and connects with Udupi, Bhatkal, Karwar, Goa etc in north and Kasargod, Cananore, Cochin etc in the south while NH-75 (previously known as NH-48) runs eastward to Bangalore.NH-50 (previously known as NH-13) runs north-east from Mangalore to Solapur.
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NH-234, a 715-km long National Highway connects Mangalore to Viluppuram. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is upgrading the national highways connecting New Mangalore Port to Surathkal on NH-66 and BC Road junction on NH-48. Under the port connectivity programme of the National Highways Development Project (NHDP), a 37.5-kilometre (23.3 mi) stretch of these highways will be upgraded from two-lane to four-lane roads.
Rail connectivity in Mangalore was established in 1907. Mangalore was also the starting point of India’s longest rail route. The city has two railway stations—Mangalore Central (at Hampankatta) and Mangalore Junction (at Kankanadi). A metre gauge railway track, built through the Western Ghats, connects Mangalore with Hassan.
The broad gauge track connecting Mangalore to Bangalore via Hassan was opened to freight traffic in May 2006 and passenger traffic in December 2007. Mangalore is also connected to Chennai, Trivandrum, Kochi, Kollam(Quilon) through the Southern Railway and to Mumbai, Bhatkal, Karwar and Goa via the Konkan Railway.
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