State to give land for three new railway lines

Speaking to mediapersons after flagging of the augmented services of Bangalore-Hubli Janshatabdi Express at the Yeshwantpur railway station here on Tuesday, he said, “A few important decisions have been taken in the meeting held on October 20, by Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and other senior officials of State Government and the Railways.”

The State has consented to provide the land required for the construction of the Hubli-Gadag-Wadi line, Kengeri-Chamarajanagar-Kollegala via Kanakapura line and Srinivasapur-Madanapalle line, for which the surveys have been completed, he said.

Cost-sharing basis
The works on the construction of the lines will be taken up on a cost-sharing basis, he added. Muniyappa said all the new trains announced in the Railway Budget will be started before commencement of the Parliament session. The State had agreed to provide the land required for the construction of a new coach factory in Kolar.

On the occasion, the minister inaugurated a new parcel office with modern facilities like glass-fronted booking counter, clean storage facility, battery-operated vehicles for movement within the station and wide concreted area for loading and unloading at the Yeshwantpur station.

Eight trains functioning
The Bangalore-Hubli Janshatabdi Express, running six days a week, will now run every day. As many as 12 railway projects in the State are being taken up on a priority basis. Among the 10 trains announced for the Bangalore Division, eight have already started as regular services and only two more trains are yet to be inaugurated, he said.

Among the two trains, the Yeshwantpur-Gorakhpur-Yeshwantpur Express, running as a special, will start its regular services from Yeshwantpur on November 17 and the Ahmedabad-Yeshwantpur-Ahmedabad Express, now running as a special train, will be regularised shortly.

More trains are being run on the Marikuppam-KGF-Kolar section as there is demand from a large number of people, the minister added.

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