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Minister Kharge sanctions 17 new rail projects for Gulbarga

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Upgrades for city railway station in the pipeline, including construction of fourth platform

Union Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge inspecting the site of the new railway overbridge on Jewargi Road in Gulbarga on Thursday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni
Union Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge inspecting the site of the new railway overbridge on Jewargi Road in Gulbarga on Thursday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni

Union Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday announced a windfall for the district, by sanctioning 17 new projects including the upgradation of the Gulbarga Railway Station.

He said the construction of a fourth platform at a cost of Rs. 4 crore had been sanctioned. The first and second platforms of the Gulbarga Railway Station would be extended, with increased facilities for passengers. A pit siding would also be set up in the railway station at a cost of Rs. 8 crore. This will allow the station to serve as a point of origin for new routes.

The station would also be remodelled; proposed amenities include a state-of-the-art dormitory, which would be constructed soon. Two escalators would also be installed, and the goods shed would be shifted to Taj Sultanpur, where a new shed would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 4 crore.

Another entrance to the railway station, facing the Tarfail area, would be constructed; people will find reservation counters there as well. The ticket counters which functioned for only half-day on Sunday will now be open for the full day, he added.

Referring to the long-pending demand for converting the Solapur-Yeshwantpur Superfast Express into a daily (the train runs on alternate days), Mr. Kharge said this demand would be fulfilled by October-end or the first week of September.

Mr Kharge said that the foundation stone for the proposed national highway from Gulbarga to Gooty in Andhra Pradesh would be laid by Union Surface Transport Minister Oscar Fernandes shortly. This road will be connected to the Hyderabad-Bangalore national highway, he added.

New railway overbridge

Mr. Kharge said that instead of widening the existing railway overbridge (ROB) on Jewargi Road here, a new one would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 20 crore.

He announced this after visiting the site. The State has agreed to provide the funds for the proposed ROB. The State government should also initiate measures for acquisition of the land required, he added. Mr. Kharge directed officials not to dismantle the existing ROB till the new one was complete, in nine months. Traffic should be allowed to ply as usual.

Mr. Kharge said that the foundation stone for the proposed ROB would be laid on July 22. He directed engineers of the Railway Vikas Nigam to prepare detailed maps of the proposed ROB and submit it for the immediate approval so that the work could begin at the earliest.

Directions have been issued to prepare estimates for the construction of a bridge across the Bennethora as part of the Gulbarga-Bidar rail line. Rough estimates put the cost of this at Rs. 20 crore.

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