Mysore-B'lore doubling work to be over soon: Muniyappa

The Mysore-Bangalore railway line doubling work will begin once the State government completes the land acquisition process, said Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa.

The minister told mediapersons that railway projects get stalled due to delay in land acquisition process. “The State government is expected to complete land acquisition for the Mysore-Bangalore track doubling work by March 31. Once the process is over, the doubling work can be finished in six months.”

Insufficient funds is one of the primary reasons for the slow progress of certain railway projects in the State. Moreover, top priority will be accorded to rail projects which entail cost-sharing by the State government, the minister said.

The work on four railway lines, Kolar-Chikkaballapur, Arsikere-Birur, Kadur-Kambharkanvi and Kadur-Chikmagalur, will be completed by March 2013, he added.

The new line between Kadur and Chikmagalur will be completed in next six months, as the work is progressing well. The Railway Ministry has approved 12 new projects for the State. With the completion of the projects, in addition to the previously approved nine projects, 2500 km will be added to the railway network in the State, said Muniyappa.

In addition to the newly- sanctioned projects, the work on electrification and doubling of tracks between Hubli and Bangalore will begin soon, the minister added.

The survey for Tumkur-Davangere line which will start in April, is expected to take about four to five years for completion. Moreover, connecting Gadag with Wadi will ensure that people from north Karnataka need not journey to Bangalore to go to Delhi, Muniyappa said.

Noting that 90 per cent of railway related accidents happen on unmanned level crossings, the minister said 15,000 of the 32,000 level crossings will be eliminated by 2014-15 and replaced with railway underbridges and overbridges.

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