Rail line expansion: Union Minister promises alternative shelter

Deliberations will also be held with railway officials to change the route

Muniyappa who visited Ambedkar Nagar in Chikkaballapur on Monday, held deliberations with dalit leaders of the area.

Accusing CMC officials of criminal negligence, Muniyappa said that houses had been constructed on the land belonging to Railway Department. He however, added that caution would be taken not to neglect houses, built by the dalits.

MLA K P Bache Gowda said that dalits would not be uprooted from the place. He said dalits would be vacated from their houses only after providing an alternative arrangement.
Deliberations will also be held with railway officials to change the route, he added.
DSS district unit co-ordinator K P Rajakanth said that railway station should be constructed at Anakanuru village. Demanding the saving of dalit houses, he said that railway line should pass over Gopalakrishna tank.

New railway line
A new railway line will be laid between Chikkaballapur-Gauribidnur and Chikkaballapur Puttaparti and this will convert Chikkaballapur into a junction, said Muniyappa who sought the cooperation of people in laying the new lines.

Shidlaghatta MLA V Muniyappa, Railway Department’s Divisional Manager Akhil Agrawal, Chief Engineer Laldas and Deputy Commissioner Anwar Pasha were present.

Press meet boycotted
Reporters, who were made to wait for more than three hours, boycotted the press meet of the Union Minister of State for Railways, K H Muniyappa, here on Monday.

A press meet was scheduled at 3 in the noon on the controversy relating to expansion of railway line and consequent demolition of houses in Ambedkar Colony. The press meet was adjourned by an hour as the minister did not come on time. The minister, who came at 4.20 pm, took part in a meeting with officers and went for spot inspection at 5 pm. He later took part in the meeting. The reporters who waited up to 6.25 pm, went out of the venue, the Travellers’ Bungalow, condemning the attitude of the minister. The attempts by Railways Public Relations Officer, T L Raviprakash, to pacify the reporters, went in vain.

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