Five new railway projects in 3 months

Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa has disclosed that five new railway projects would be launched in the State and two newly-laid lines will be thrown open for traffic in three months.

Speaking at the inauguration of the new building of the railway station here on Saturday, he said the foundation stone for the Kudachi-Bagalkot, Tumkur-Rayadurga, Davangere-Tumkur, Whitefield-Kolar and Gadag-Haveri railway lines will be laid, and trains will be run on Kadur-Chikmagalur and Yelahanka-Bangarpet lines, within three months.

Under the 12th Five-Year Plan, the Railways will get Rs 1.94 lakh crore every year, and Rs 50,000 crore will be spent for the railway development works.

From March, 2013, there will be no shortage of funds to take up railway projects, with the cost being equally borne by the Union and respective state governments. In the last five years, a total of 1,500 km of railway network development in the State has been sanctioned, Muniyappa said.

With the help of the Belgian government, railway stations in the country will be modernised through station modernisation corporation. Direct railway lines between Hubli-Belgaum and Hubli-Gulbarga, to reduce the time and distance of the journey, are also on the anvil, he added.

Inaugurating the new building, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said that the State government will provide land free of cost and will bear 50 per cent of the cost of the railway projects in the State. Hubli-Dharwad Mayor Pandurang Patil, MP Prahlad Joshi, MLA Veerabhadrappa Halaharavi, and others were present.

Special trains 

The following weekly special trains will run between Yeshwantpur—Tiruchirapalli – Yeshwantpur to clear the extra rush during Dasara and Deepavali season.

Train No 06521 Yeshwantpur—Tiruchirapalli weekly express special will leave Yeshwantpur at 11.55 pm on Saturdays and reach Tiruchirapalli at 10 am the next day.

In the return direction, Train No 06522 Tiruchirapalli—Yeshwantpur weekly express special will leave Tiruchirapalli at 12.30 pm, on Sundays and reach Yeshwantpur at 10.00 pm the same day.

The first service from Yeshwantpur will be on October 13 and the last service will be on December 1. The first service from Tiruchirapalli will be on December 14 and the last service will be on December 2.

The train will run from Yeshwantpur via Hebbal, Banaswadi, Hosur, Dharmapuri, Salem, Erode, Kodumudi, Pugalur, Karur and Kulitalai to reach Tiruchirapalli.

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