KARNATAKA

Nod for Davangere-Tumkur railway link welcomed

On the Map: A file photograph of the Chitradurga railway station.

On the Map: A file photograph of the Chitradurga railway station.  

Staff Correspondent

Link will reduce journey time, prove beneficial for business

Chitradurga: Minister for Railways Mamata Bannerjee’s nod for the decades-old railway link between Davangere and Tumkur has been welcomed by several organisations in the district. The link will not only reduce the journey time between the two places but also prove beneficial for business.

Clearance

Welcoming the announcement, Railway Horata Samiti president P. Kodandaramaiah said, “Mere announcement of the project will not do; it has to be cleared by the Planning Commission.” He also reiterated that they would pressure the Centre to ensure its speedy implementation.

In the absence of a direct railway link between Chitradurga and Tumkur connecting Bangalore at present, trains pass through Holalkere, covering Birur, Kudur, Arsikere, Tiptur and Tumkur to reach Bangalore.

Though the distance between Chitradurga and Bangalore is about 190 km as the crow flies, the train has to cover 340 km to reach Bangalore.

Struggle



The Railway Horata Samiti, which has been spearheading the agitation for a link, had called for a railway link between Challakere and Tumkur, as Challakere was already connected by rail to Chitradurga. However, the project approved in the budget includes the railway link between Davangere and Chitradurga.

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