Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that the government is prepared to release necessary funds for the early completion of railway projects in the State. The Union government will release 50 per cent of the funds for ongoing projects and the State government will release the balance amount.

Speaking at a programme organised to the lay foundation stone for Hosadurga Road-Chikjajur Junction Railway Doubling Project here on Sunday, he said that the State government was committed to improving the railway infrastructure. As a first step, the State Cabinet has approved acquisition of 500 acres of land in Kolar for setting up a coach factory. The project is worth Rs. 1,400 crore and work will commence shortly.

On the long-pending demand of the people of central Karnataka for a railway line between Davangere and Tumkur, he said that land acquisition was a major problem. The project requires 1,350 acres of land. “The State government will try to implement the project as early as possible,” he added.