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Railways sanctions highest ever funds to Karnataka for development of infra projects says Minister Prabhu

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu said the Railways have allotted highest ever funds in developing railway infrastructure in Karnataka but did not specify the quantum of funds allocated to the state as this could lead to race among other  neighbouring states demanding more funds.

Declaring open a slew of railway projects of the state the minister said the railways have formed a joint venture with Karnataka for execution of railway related infrastructure projects in the state.

He said the after the bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, the next high speed Corridor is being developed between Mumbai and Delhi and Delhi and Kolkatta where the railways are planning ro run high speed trains that can travel at 200 kilometer per hour.

The minister inaugurated commencement of work of Hotgi-Kudgi-Gadag track doubling project in Northern Karnataka, Situated in Guntakkal-Pune- Mumbai railway line the doubling project will be taken up for a distance of 134 kiometers.

A number of integrated steel and power plants are coming up along Hotgi-Kudgi-Gadag railway route, the doubling work will provide the necessary line capacity for introduction of additonal trains and smooth movement of rakes to power and steel plants in the region. Part length of the doubling project between Hotgi and Kudgi has been taken up under customer funding model with National thermal Power corporation. NTPC is setting up a 4000 MW thermal plant at Kudgi.

The minister also inaugurated commencement of work on the 150 kilometer new railway line between Gadag and Wadi which will provide a direct short route for the people of Gadag, Koppal, Raichur and Gulbarga areas. the new line will also help to shorten the distance between Gadag and Secunderabad by 150 kilometers.


The project is taken up on a cost sharing basis with Karnataka governmentr on 50:50 basis. The land for the project is given free of cost by Karnataka government.


. Mr Prabhu also dedicated to the nation doubling of tracks between Tinaighat-Londa-Shivthan and Banapur-on Hospet Vasco (Goa) sector, The Railway line passes through Bellary, Koppal, Gadag, Dharwad, Belgaum and Uttara Kannada districts of Karnataka State. Bellary-Hospet region in Karnataka is the heart of Iron ore industry in the country. Iron ore from this region is transported to Chennai and Goa ports for export. The doubling of railway track is also necessary to move imported coal from Marmagao Port to the Steel industries and upcoming Thermal Power Plants in Jevargi In Gulbarga District, Thermal Expansion Phase-2 in Bellary Dist. in North Karnataka.


In this Project, 28.75 km doublings have been commissioned and being dedicated to Nation.


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