Nod for survey raises hopes

Special Correspondent

Kanhangad-Bangalore connectivity

Preliminary survey between Kanhangad and Panathur over

Running time can be reduced by 5 hours

KANNUR: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee’s approval for survey of the proposed Panathur-Kaniyur railway line in the Railway Budget on Wednesday will give a boost to the plan for a railway line connecting Kanhangad in Kasaragod and Bangalore via Panathur and Kaniyur.

A preliminary survey for the proposed track between Kanhangad and Panathur (40 km) in Kasaragod district has been completed, as the survey work was included in the Railway Budget for 2008-09. It was proposed that the Kanhangad-Panathur railway line, if it becomes a reality, can be extended to Kaniyur on the Mangalore-Hassan railway line in Karnataka.

The approval for the survey of the pending 31-km Panathur-Kaniyur line in the Railway Budget is good news for the people of North Kerala, especially Kasaragod.

The new line would considerably reduce the distance from North Malabar to Bangalore. The train running time to Bangalore will also be reduced by an estimated five hours.

The distance from Kannur to Bangalore (via Palakkad) is expected to be reduced from 657 km to 348 km.

Land acquisition

The State government has agreed to shoulder the cost of the land acquisition for laying the track between Kanhangad and Panathur.

An all-party development committee and local panchayat-level committees have been formed to mobilise local support for land acquisition for the proposed line.

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