Project will provide railway connectivity between Chitradurga and Bangalore
Janardhana Swamy, MP, has expressed confidence that the Union Cabinet will approve the Davangere-Tumkur railway link project during the next Parliament session. If implemented, the project will provide railway connectivity between Chitradurga and Bangalore.
Addressing presspersons after meeting office-bearers of the Railway Horata Samitis of Chitradurga, Davangere and Tumkur districts here on Thursday, he said,
“This project has crossed three major hurdles in its implementation. The project was listed in the last Railway Budget, it has been cleared by the Planning Commission and the Railway Board has given its consent. The only aspect pending is approval by the Union Cabinet, which I am hopeful of getting,” he said.
For several years, the Railways had maintained that the project was not feasible because it had found that returns would not be at least 15 per cent, which is mandatory for taking up any project.
It had been found through a survey that the project would generate a maximum of 11.5 per cent revenue and, hence, it was kept in abeyance till the State Government agreed to share 50 per cent of the estimated Rs. 913-crore cost.
“Besides, a recent survey has found that the expected returns from the project have increased to 22.6 per cent,” he said. In all, 12 railway projects would be implemented in the State. The Bharatiya Janata Party Government had agreed to share 50 per cent of cost for four projects, including the Davangere-Tumkur railway link. The Government had already granted Rs. 500 crore as the first instalment, he said and added that the State Government would acquire the land for the purpose and hand it over to the Railway Ministry.
Earlier, R.V. Puttakamanna, president of the Tumkur district unit of the samiti, urged Mr. Swamy to initiate land acquisition work soon and then prevail upon Union Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa to get the project approved in the next session.
To a question, Mr. Swamy said that a meeting would soon be held with Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to decide on the land acquisition process.
President of the Davangere district unit of the samiti B. Vamadeva and a functionary of its Chitradurga unit, Murugharajendra Wodeyar, were present.