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‘Merge Mangaluru region with Konkan Railway’

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‘The demand for merger has been pending with the Railway Ministry’

The demand for the merger of Mangaluru railway region with the Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd., has received a boost with the former Chief Minister and Shivamogga Lok Sabha Member B.S. Yeddyurappa urging the Railway Ministry to give effect to the original plan of KRCL formation. In a letter to the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu recently, Mr. Yeddyurappa said the demand for the merger has been pending with the Ministry. Referring to the original detailed project report of KRCL and the letter written by the then KRCL Chairman E. Sridharan opposing the non-merger of Mangaluru region with the corporation, the former Chief Minister said the merger would have facilitated Mangaluru becoming a Railway division automatically.

Mangalore Central, Mangalore Junction and the New Mangalore Port are still under Southern Railway.

He said, “ever since the commissioning of the dream project of Konkan Railway, the above mentioned stretch of 23 km (Tokur to Nethravathi Bridge) has been left out for unknown reasons. Though this concern was represented through the earlier MPs of coastal area of Karnataka to the Railways several times in the past, the same is not resolved till now.”

Strong criticism

He said the deletion of the Mangaluru region despite being a part of the original plan has been criticised strongly since the inception of KRCL. Mr. Sridharan too had immediately expressed great dissatisfaction over the issue and had urged the board to merge the Mangaluru region with KRCL, Mr. Yeddyurappa said. Mangaluru could become a Railway division without any additional financial implication to the Ministry if the original plan is given effect immediately, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

Thus, KRCL could also become financially viable and contribute to the Railway’s coffers, he said.

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