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Determined: Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha activists staging a ‘rail roko’ agitation at the Dudda railway station on Monday.
Determined: Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha activists staging a ‘rail roko’ agitation at the Dudda railway station on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

Rail traffic affected for over half-an-hour

Railway station in Dudda built 1929 by the British

Hassan-Bangalore railway line project stalled as land has not been handed over to the Railways

Hassan: Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha led by Hassan taluk unit president D.K. Ninge Gowda and village residents of Dudda detained the Mysore Arsikere passenger train at the abandoned railway station at Dudda on Hassan-Arsikere railway route for over half-an-hour on Monday demanding halt for all trains at Dudda.

Dudda was the first railway station to be built in Hassan district by the British after Mysore and Arsikere. In those days, Harnahalli was the district headquarters and not Hassan. Hassan Railway station was built much later to link Arsikere with Mangalore via Sakleshpur.

It was in 1929, Dudda Railway Station was built by the British. The line was from Arsikere to Dudda. Later, this line was extended to Hassan. When Mr. Deve Gowda was the Prime Minister, he announced a new railway line between Hassan and Bangalore via Shravanabelagola, Yediyur, Kunigal and Nelamangala. Laying of railway line between Hassan to Shravanabelagola has been completed. Land acquisition from Hirisave to Kunigal is not yet complete and the project was stalled as the State Government had not handed over the required land to the Railways. Now the cost of the project has escalated to Rs. 1,350 crore.

So, the Dudda Railway station was abandoned and passenger trains running between Arsikere and Mysore do not stop at the station.

KRRS taluk president Ninge Gowda said they had met Union Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa in this regard.

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