Hubli-Ankola railway line report in three months

Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa said the  metro chief would submit a report on the revised proposal by the Railways to link Hubli and Ankola.

Muniyappa said the earlier proposal required 900 hectares of forest land, while the current proposal requires only 700 hectares.

He said the matter has been discussed twice at meetings scheduled between the Railways and the Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh to get the clearance for the project.

“We are trying to cut down on deforestation by constructing as many tunnels as possible,” he added.

Sreedharan will also submit a report on the feasibility of the Talguppa-Honnavara and Chamarajnagar-Mettupalyam lines, said Muniyappa.

Significant improvement

In the coming budget, the State will receive a large number of projects, he said.  
“Currently, Karnataka has 16 km of railway line per 1,000 square kilometre. This is below the national average of 19 km. Once all the projects in the pipeline are implemented, this will go up to at least 22 km,” he said.

Twelve new projects had been proposed last year, and six had already received the approval. He said he would look into demands of a direct railway line to Karwar from Bangalore.

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