DPR on Thalassery-Mysuru rail link awaited

The newly proposed Thalassery-Mysuru rail line via Mananthavady, a pet project of the Chief Minister’s Office, will be included in the Pink Book, which details the budgetary allocations for Railway projects, only after the submission of a detailed project report (DPR).

Both the Kerala and the Karnataka governments had given a go-ahead for the mega project that links Wayanad, Kannur, Kodagu and Mysuru.

In fact , Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. (KRCL), which has been tasked to carry out the survey, has submitted its report to Kerala Rail Development Corporation Ltd. (KRDCL). It is now with the Ministry of Railways. The project had also been taken up for discussion at a meeting between Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani in Thiruvananthapuram in November.

For the record, the Ministry of Railways had pointed out that the Centre would clear the project, already approved by KRDCL, a registered joint venture company of the State government and Railways, formed on a 51:49 equity partnership.

Many minor projects in the State, however, have been included in the Pink Book for 2018-19 for which the Ministry had earlier sanctioned funds. Now, the KRCL is preparing the DPR for the project for which the State government had approved funds in the State Budget. The project cost has been pegged between ₹4,000 crore and ₹5,000 crore.

The proposed railway line will pass through Koothuparamba, Mananthavady, Thrissilery, Kutta, Kanoor Belale, and Thithimathi to reach Mysuru. However, protests are brewing at Kodagu against several railway projects including the railway line from Mysuru to Madikeri through Kushalnagar. Several organisations have planned agitations against the proposed projects in Mysuru on February 18 since they believe the route would bisect the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve.

However, the route of the rail line had been exempted from the Periya and Kottiyoor ridges via Varayal to connect Manthananvady to not only get a proper gradient but also as a precaution against landslips and related disasters. New railway stations have been planned at Periyapatna to link to the proposed Mysuru–Kushalnagar rail line.

Incidentally, the new route was revised after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in its report to the State government earlier said that it would not be beneficial to Kerala if Wayanad was excluded.

Previously, a prominent project of the government on rail connectivity from north Kerala to Mysuru-Bengaluru was the Nilambur-Nanjangund line. Though this had been included in the Pink Book of Railways and ₹8 crore set apart for the detailed project report, the government shelved it following objections from the Karnataka Forest Department.

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