Press Esc to close

Hike in train fares likely

Chitradurga, Sept 8, 2013, DHNS: 0:19 IST

Decision to be taken at a meeting soon, says Kharge

Train fares are likely to be increased soon and a decision on revising freight charges will be taken at a meeting next week.

Minister for Railways Mallikarjun Kharge announced this, while speaking to reporters after launching work on doubling the Hosadurga Road-Chikkajajur railway line near Hosadurga in the district on Sunday.

The skyrocketing prices of oil has necessitated the increase in the fare. However, the revised fare will not be a burden either on passengers or the department, he said.

Work on the 29.5-km stretch between Hosadurga Road-Chikkajajur, taken up at a cost of Rs 203 crore in a phased manner, will be completed in three years, he added.

The Arsikere-Chikkajajur railway line will serve as a major link between the mines in the State and the Mangalore port and will be a significant route for transportation of oil and other products via Hassan and North Karnataka to central India.

As many as 268 projects on new lines, at an estimated cost of Rs 1.78 lakh crore are pending, he said adding that the Union government has released only Rs 26,000 crore. The state governments will have to share 50 per cent of the cost in several of these projects. By the end of March 2014, projects worth Rs 1,400 crore will be completed, he added.

Land acquisition

Delay in release of funds and acquisition of land by the State government are major hurdles in implementing the projects in Karnataka, Kharge said.

Of the Rs 650 crore grants that the State was to spend on the projects taken up on cost-sharing basis, the Karnataka government has so far released only Rs 50 crore, the Union minister said.

Besides, delay in executing the projects has eventually led Karnataka to losing the grants to other states. Several minor projects such as Harihara-Kottur, Chikmagalur-Kadur lines and doubling of Ramanagar-Maddur and Maddur-Mysore stretches are pending due to farmers’ refusal to part with their land. The government should negotiate with farmers to expedite the land acquisition process, he added.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
BJP supporters during a BJP campaign rally attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

BJP supporters during a BJP campaign rally attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his son Hardien walks towards...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his son Hardien walks towards...

Rolls-Royce Asia Pacific Regional Director Paul Harris at the launch of eight generation...

Rolls-Royce Asia Pacific Regional Director Paul Harris at the launch of eight generation...

Pigeons fly over the historical Jama Masjid in New Delhi...

Pigeons fly over the historical Jama Masjid in New Delhi...

BJP MP Hema Malini addresses a press conference regarding Braj Holi Rasotsav...

BJP MP Hema Malini addresses a press conference regarding Braj Holi Rasotsav...

Inmates of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose central jail perform a tribal dance...

Inmates of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose central jail perform a tribal dance...

A view of Sunder Nursery at Hazrat Nizamuddin in...

A view of Sunder Nursery at Hazrat Nizamuddin in...

Mahila Congress activists make 'pakodas' to protest against alleged unemployement...

Mahila Congress activists make 'pakodas' to protest against alleged unemployement...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and First Lady Sophie Grgoire greet visitors...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and First Lady Sophie Grgoire greet visitors...

Gold medalist Mariama Jamanka of Germany gets lifted by silver medal winner Lauren Gibbs...

Gold medalist Mariama Jamanka of Germany gets lifted by silver medal winner Lauren Gibbs...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.