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‘Steps are being taken to clear the hurdles for project’

‘Main hurdle is delay in clearance from Forest Dept.’

SWR has brought down forest land requirement: MP

HUBLI: Dharwad North MP Pralhad Joshi has said that the State Government is taking steps to clear the hurdles for the implementation of the Hubli-Ankola railway line project.

Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, Mr. Joshi said the main hurdle was the delay in getting clearance from the Department of Environment and Forests.

The South Western Railway Zone had brought down the requirement of forest land in its revised plan and had completed a joint survey of alignment with the officials of the Forest Department, the MP said.

“What is required now is clearance from the Forest Department to take up the project as per the revised plan,” he said.

Soon after the legislative Council election, the Government would convene a special meeting of heads of the departments concerned with the project. “SWR General Manager Praveen Kumar has agreed to make a presentation on the project and clarify certain aspects relating to the use of forest land,” he said.

On priority to Kannadigas in the recruitment for Group D posts in South Western Railway, Mr. Joshi said the demand was for amending the recruitment rules to give preference for local candidates.

“We suggested that if the amendment was not possible, the Railway Recruitment Board should conduct the recruitment process simultaneously across the country. The Union Government has to take a decision on the matter,” he added.

Inquiry

Mr. Joshi said that those involved in the bus burning incident in Hubli, following denial of a Cabinet berth to the former Minister Jagadish Shettar, were not BJP activists. He would urge the police to conduct an impartial inquiry into the incident, he added.

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