Drop Baindur-Venur rly project: Yathri Sangha

Drop Baindur-Venur rly project: Yathri Sangha

It bats for Nandikur-Hassan railway line

The Railway Yatri Sangha, Udupi, has sought an alternative railway line from Nandikur to Hassan via Karkala, Ujire and Charmadi Ghat.

The sangha has written to Union Minister for Corporate Affairs M Veerappa Moily after learning that he had held a meeting with railway officials in New Delhi on the proposals for Padubidri-Karkala-Ujire-Nettana line and Byndoor-Kollur-Karkala-Venoor-Ujire railway line.

Sangha President R L Dias said that instead of these proposed railway lines, a new railway line should be laid to link Nandikur station on Konkan Railway line with Hale Mudigere via Charmadi Ghat.

He said that the railway line from Nandikur can run parallel to the highway through Karkala-Bajagoli-Naravi-Aladangady-Ujire.  

From Ujire, another line should be laid to Dharmasthala and to Nettana for the benefit of pilgrims visiting Dharmasthala and Subramanya temples.

From Ujire, the line may be taken to Nidgal, Mundaje, Charmadi, Neria Hebbar Estate, Yenepoya Estate, Malekudiya Estate and continue further through the valley to reach Somankad bridge from where two or three tunnels should be built to take the line to Kottigehara-Banakal-Hale Mudigere.

The line can also be connected with the railway line, which is under construction to connect Chikmagalur with the existing Hassan-Mangalore railway line.

The proposed railway line Hubli-Ankola has not been materialised over the last 10 to 12 years as it failed to get clearance from the forest department, Dias said.

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