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Taking stock: Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa inspecting the site proposed for construction of an overpass at a railway level-crossing in Raichur on Wednesday.
Taking stock: Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa inspecting the site proposed for construction of an overpass at a railway level-crossing in Raichur on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

‘The State Government should release its share of funds for the project’

Cost of the Munirabad-Mahabubnagar railway line project has been estimated at Rs. 270 crore

‘Work on it has been pending owing to delay in land acquisition and paucity of funds’

Raichur: Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa has said that work on the Munirabad-Mahabubnagar railway line can be completed in two years if the State Government releases its share of funds.

After inspecting the site proposed for construction of an overpass at the railway level-crossing near Vidyabharati School here on Wednesday, he told presspersons that work on the 242-km railway line between Munirabad and Mahabubnagar was pending owing to delay in land acquisition and paucity of funds.

The cost of the project has been estimated at Rs. 270 crore.

Mr. Muniyappa said he would ask the South Western Railway authorities in Hubli to review the land acquisition process for the project in Karnataka. The State Government should speed up the land-acquisition process and hand over the identified land for laying the railway line. The State Government should also release its share of the project cost (50 per cent) to the Railways to ensure that the project was completed in the next two years, he added.

Mr. Muniyappa said that railway authorities had found some technical problems in constructing the overpass near the Vidyabharati School.

The Union Minister said he would send a team of engineers here to identify an alternative site for the project. After the alternative site was identified, the State Government should submit a proposal to the Union Government in this regard. He would ensure that the new proposal would be cleared within 15 days, Mr. Muniyappa said.

The overpass at the railway level-crossing near Basaveshwara Circle needs to be upgraded in view of the laying of the Gadwal-Raichur line. Work on the Gadwal-Raichur line is nearing completion. The existing 8-m long overpass had to be extended to 11-m, he said. Work in this regard, would commence in three months after an alternative railway level-crossing was provided, he added. The former MPs A. Venkatesh Naik, Rangappa Naik and K. Veerupakshappa; MLA Syed Yasin, the former MLA N.S. Bose Raju and district Congress committee president A. Vasanthkumar were present.

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