Railway siding will be built near Yedakumeri, says Minister
Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa on Sunday said efforts would be made to fulfil the long-pending demand for a direct train between Bangalore and Karwar.
“The ghat section between Sakleshpur and Subramanya Road cannot accommodate a goods train and a passenger train at the same time as per the directions of the Commissioner for Railway Safety. Hence, we will build a railway siding (low-speed track section) near Yedakumeri to hold a goods train in the event of running of a passenger train on the ghat section,” Mr. Muniyappa said.
Speaking to presspersons after inaugurating the passenger facilitation centre at the Yeshwanthpur Railway Station here, the Minister claimed that he was responsible for extending the Mumbai-Karwar Express to Mangalore.
When he was told that the Safety Commissioner's report was being misinterpreted, he said that the report would be studied in detail again.
Regarding the proposed Hubli-Ankola, Talaguppa-Honnavar and Chamarajanagar-Mettupalyam railway lines, Mr. Muniyappa said that he would persuade Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh to study the feasibility of the project again. The MoEF had rejected the proposal once as the proposed lines passed through thick and virgin forests.
“We will cause minimal damage. We are ready to go in tunnels in certain locations to minimise deforestation. We are also prepared to plant 10 saplings for every tree axed,” the Minister said.
The Hubli-Ankola line, Mr. Muniyappa said, would not only connect the hinterland to the coastal belt, but would also contribute immensely to the economic development of both regions. The Minister, who is in charge of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, said that he would make efforts to bring in as many projects as possible to these two States in the Railway budget.
Work on upgrading and remodelling Railway stations and other passenger amenities in the State was going on in full swing, Mr. Muniyappa added.
He said that there had been excellent co-operation from the State Government with regard to sharing the cost of projects as well as land acquisition. However, there had been some delays in land acquisition due to litigation. Once acquisitions were complete, all pending projects would be completed soon, Mr. Muniyappa said.