Thursday, April 10, 2008

High-speed rly corridor gets Centres approval

High-speed rly corridor gets Centres approval
DH News Service,Bangalore:

The Railway Ministry has agreed to the State government’s suggestion to set up a high-speed railway corridor between Bangalore and Hubli and Hubli and Pune besides extending it to Mysore from Bangalore.Participating in a discussion on the railway projects in Karnataka organised by the State Council Secretariat, Principal Secretary to Department of Infrastructure V P Baligar said that a joint survey for setting up the corridor would be taken up soon.

Earlier the Centre had shown reservation to the State’s suggestion made in this regard. In fact the Centre had proposed a high speed railway corridor between Bangalore-Chennai and Bangalore-Cochin. But Karnataka had told the Centre that it would not participate in the project as it would not benefit the State.Similarly the State has also suggested for setting up a flight corridor between Bangalore -Hubli and Hubli to Pune. Baligar said that a feasibility study would be conducted regarding laying of a railway line upto the Jog Falls.

At present the railway line is being laid upto Talaguppe, which is about 14 kms from the Jog Falls. “This step is being contemplated to boost tourism,” he added.Baligar said the State had suggested to the Centre to take up Gadag-Haveri, Kushalnagar-Holenarasipura, Shimoga-Harihar, Dharwad-Bailahongal-Belgaum, Shahabad-Bagalkote-Kuchi and Talaguppa-Honnavar lines. Already survey had been ordered in case of Talaguppa-Honnavar line.

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