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Rlys set a new record; 21 years to lay a 100 KM new line in Karnataka

Indian Railways has set a rew record for laying a new railway line project of just over one hundred kilometers. From the time the project was conceived way back in 1996, the new railway line in northern Karnataka has taken nearly twenty one years to be dedicated to the Nation. But for the impending elections to the state assembly, Railways would have taken some more time to complete the project.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the 110 km new railway track from Bidar to Kalaburgi , which will reduce distance from Bengaluru to New Delhi and upcountry destinations by 380km and save 6-8 hours of travelling time.

The new track, laid over  21 years, was originally estimated to cost Rs 370 crore but escalated nearly five times to Rs 1,542 crore. The railway project was conceived when H D Deva gowda was the Prime Minister and implemented by the three governments at the centre indicating how the railway board treats projects in Southern India. Ironically the then Prime Minister Gowda had split the Southern Railway, created a separate Railway Zone with Bengaluru as Headquarters for speedy implementation of railway projects.

The Prime Minister also flagged off the first train on the new line from Bidar station to Kalaburgi in the presence of Railway Minister Piyush Goel, Governor Vajubhai R Vala, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Union Ministers from the state Ananth Kumar and Sadananda Gowda.

The Diesel-Electric Multiple train (DEMU) local service will cover the 110km between Bidar and Kalaburgi in two hours with brief halts at 12 stations en route.

Though the foundation stone for the project was laid in 1996 when Janata Dal-Secular supremo HD Deve Gowda from the state was the Prime Minister of a coalition government, construction began only in 2000 under the BJP-led NDA governmen A B Vajpayee and the railways took 16 years to complete it.

The new track provides direct rail connectivity from Bengaluru to Bidar, 690km away from the state capital, and enable running more long-distance passenger and freight trains  from northern to southern parts of Karnataka.

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