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Old December 30th, 2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Wayanad Railway (Nilambur-Sulthan Bathery-Nanjangud Railway)

Prospects of Wayanad railway


History

A rail line to connect Wayanad with Mysore was under active consideration since 1880 as evident from the records of Mysore peoples council. Surveys for Nanjangud - Wayanad railway line was conducted in the years 1906, 1916-17 and 1924. (Copy of Reports are available at Us )

During 1999 survey of Nanjangud - Badakara line was held. The proposed line passes through Sulthan Bathery, Kalpetta, Vythiri, Poozhithode and Nadapuram.

During 2004 survey of Nanjangud-Sulthan Bathery- Nilambur line was conducted. Thereafter during 2009 survey for this line was again held as 2 sectors ie. Nanjangud- Sulthan Bathery (72 k.m.) and Sulthan Bathery - Nilambur road (164 k.m). During 2010 Railway Bord has accorded in principal sanction for this line.

Whether fund a constraint?

There is a popular fallacy that constraint of fund prevents railways from taking up new projects. But the 2012-13 railway budget has allocated Rs. 6872 cores for new lines. The budget has sanctioned 45 new lines with own fund and 11 new lines with state governments participation. The rail budget specifically states despite of constrains new lines would be considered. ( Para 45 of railway budget 2012-13)

Vision 2020 of Indian railways also proposes that 25,000 k.m. new lines would be added by year 2020 and out this 10,000 k.m. lines would be socially desirable lines regardless of their economic viability in the short run. It further says, this will of course, include the completion of back log of 11985 k.ms of lines already sanctioned. (Para 2, vision 2020). The program specifically aims at improving connectivity to far-flung areas, smaller states and districts unconnected by railways

Why 1st stage is more viable ?

As per the 2009 survey the distance between Nilambur road-Sulthan Bathery stretch is 164 k.m. and cost would be Rs. 2,579 crores, where as the distance by road between these two stations are 82 k.m. Reasons for the escalation of distance and costs in this stretch is that the height from sea level at Nilambur is 43 meters and at Sulthan Bathery 878 meters respectively and the terrain between these points are too difficult which require 7 viaducts, 14 major bridges and 21 tunnels. The report says this line would not be economically viable.

But the distance between Sulthan Bathery - Nanjangud stretch is only 72 k.m. and the cost would be Rs.805 crores. This line passes only 10 k.m. through the wild life sanctuary. The survey propose 30 over bridges in this stretch to address environmental problem and a sum of Rs.393 crores has been set apart for the over bridges out of Rs 805 crores.

Enviornment and law

There are several rulings of High courts and Supreme Court that forest and environmental laws are not applicable to draw railway lines through wild life sanctuary and National parks. Recently Honble supreme court has declined to interfere with the railway line in Rajaji National Park in Uttaraghand and opined that it is desirable to draw railway lines through over bridges or underground passages in National parks (Godavarmman Thirumulpad Vs Union of India 2009 (16) SCC 775) Also see Goa Foundation VS Konkan Railway Corporation (AIR 1992 BOM 471)


At present 4 major roads including 2 N.H.s are reaching to Wayanad and Gudallur from Mysore through forests among which night traffic ban exist in three. If the 72 k.m. Nanjangud Sulthan Bathery railway is introduced a major portion of traffic from these roads would shift to the railway, which would immaterialize the night traffic ban. So this railway passing through over bridge in the forest would reduce impacts from roads to the forests and also cause reduction of pollution and save environment. Besides railway is the most environmental friendly conveyance in the world.

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This railway is passing only 12 k.m. through Kerala, out of which major portion through revenue lands. Since this railway passes through the plateau lands in Karnataka no person need to be evicted for this railway.

Developmental prospects, Defense significance and National Integration

Through this railway Mysore is reachable from Sulthan Bathery in 2 hour and Banglore in 4 hours. From all-most all parts of Kannur, Kozhikode and Malappuram, Sulthan Bathery is reachable by road in 3 hours. Since Tamilnadu border is just 10 k.m. away from Sulthan Bathery this railway is also going to benefit the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. So this railway would connect 3 states, 3 languages and different cultures and thus contribute to National integration. This railway would cause to the comprehensive development of Wayanad as well as adjoining Chamaraj Nagar, Mysore, Coorg, Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram and the Nilgiris districts. This railway has a defense significance also since it will provide an access to the army cantonment at Ootty which is 92 k.m. away from Sulthan Bathery.
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Old December 30th, 2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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Need of the hour. This will change Wayanad's economy
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Old January 9th, 2013, 03:51 PM   #3
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Advantage of Nilambur-Sulthan Bathery-Nanjangud Railway Line

Nilambur-Sulthan Bathery-Nanjangud Railway Line links TVM and EKM with Mysore and Bangalore with shortest path.

The present rourte is TVM-Shoranur-Palakkad-Erode-Salem-Jolarpettai-Bangalore.

Here is the comparison.

Route A: Bangalore - Mysore - Nanjangud - Nilambur - Shoranur - TVM
Bangalore - Mandya - Mysore - Nanjangud: 164 km

Nanjangud - HD Kote - Padichira - Sulthan Bathery - Chulliyode - Cherambadi: 153 km

Cherambadi - Munderi: 12 km (approx)

Munderi - Uppada - Pathiripadam - Palunda - Chungathara - Nilambur Road: 27 km

Nilambur Road - Angadippuram - Shoranur: 78

Shoranur - Thrissur - Ernakulam - Kottayam - Kayamkulam - Kollam - TVM: 347 km

Total: 781 km

Route B: Bangalore - Jolarpettai - Erode - Palakkad - Shoranur - TVM

Bangalore - Bangarapettai - Jolarpettai: 153 km

Jolarpettai - Salem - Erode - Tiruppur - Palakakd - Shoranur: 422 km

Shoranur - Thrissur - Ernakulam - Kottayam - Kayamkulam - Kollam - TVM: 347 km

Total: 922 km

Saving: 141 km
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Old January 9th, 2013, 05:00 PM   #4
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Advantage of Nilambur-Sulthan Bathery-Nanjangud Railway Line

Nilambur-Sulthan Bathery-Nanjangud Railway Line links TVM and EKM with Mysore and Bangalore with shortest path.

The present rourte is TVM-Shoranur-Palakkad-Erode-Salem-Jolarpettai-Bangalore.

Here is the comparison.

Route A: Bangalore - Mysore - Nanjangud - Nilambur - Shoranur - TVM
Bangalore - Mandya - Mysore - Nanjangud: 164 km

Nanjangud - HD Kote - Padichira - Sulthan Bathery - Chulliyode - Cherambadi: 153 km

Cherambadi - Munderi: 12 km (approx)

Munderi - Uppada - Pathiripadam - Palunda - Chungathara - Nilambur Road: 27 km

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as per surway nilambur nanjagode distance is.. 236km and in ur post its just 192
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Old December 9th, 2015, 06:48 PM   #5
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Does any body know the new alignment of Nilambur-Nanjangud line?
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Old December 9th, 2015, 06:57 PM   #6
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Nilambur-Nanjangud rail line: MoU to be signed on Dec.10


Chief Minister to sign agreement on December 10

: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi on December 10 for the implementation of the Nilambur- Nanjangud railway line.

The project will be executed on cost-sharing basis (50 per cent each) between the State and the Railways. The line connecting Kerala and Karnataka is expected to reduce travel time between Wayanad and Mysore to one hour and between Wayanad and Bangalore, three hours.

The project had remained in cold storage for over a decade for multiple reasons, including an unscientific survey conducted of 236 km and financial projection of Rs 4,266 crore. However, it was revived following the intervention of Principal Adviser of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) E. Sreedharan recently.

A topo alignment survey had brought down the distance between Nilambur and Nanjangud to 156 km and cost to Rs. 2,200 crore, said T.M. Rasheed, of Nilgris- Wayanad National Highway and Railway Action Committee, which is spearheading the campaign for the project.

Already the committee had held discussions with the Chief Minister in this regard. The proposed Nanjangud- Sulthan Bathery- Nilambur railway line would not touch the tri-junction of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Another survey is also being carried out by a Chennai-based firm to finalise the alignment, which will focus on the gradient as well. Subsequently, a Detailed Project Report will be prepared and a Special Purpose Vehicle will be formed.
This report says the new alignment is 156 km only. Would like to the details.
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Does any body know the new alignment of Nilambur-Nanjangud line?
Enth alignment ayalum Tamilnadu vazhi pokunnathu ozhivakkiyal kollam. Alpam chuttiyalum kuzhappamilla. Konkan line pole Tamilnadine depend cheyyathe vadakkum kizhakkum pokamallo. SR nte thalayil kayari niranguthathu korayum.
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Yes, we need a direct entry to Karnataka without touching TN... But I really wonder how this line will help North Malabar?
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Yes, we need a direct entry to Karnataka without touching TN... But I really wonder how this line will help North Malabar?
It won't help North Malabar and Kozhikode district. It will help Wayanad, Nilambur and Midland of Malappuram. If the route length is really 156 km then will benefit all southern districts from Thrissur to Kanyakumari.
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This new railway line is necessary.

Then all TVM-bound and Mangalore-bound trains to Bangalore and Hyderabad should pass through this route instead of Palakkad-Coimbatore-Erode-Salem-Jolarpettai.

Suggested routes:
1. Kanyakumari/TVM - Kollam - Kayamkulam - Chengannur - Kottayam - Ernakulam - Thrissur - Shoranur - Nilambur Rd - Wayanad - Nanjangud - Mysore - Bangalore/Hyderabad

2. Kanyakumari/TVM - Kollam - Kayamkulam - Alappuzha - Ernakulam - Thrissur - Shoranur - Nilambur Rd - Wayanad - Nanjangud - Mysore - Bangalore/Hyderabad

3. Mangalore - Kasaragod - Kannur - Kozhikode - Shoranur - Nilambur Rd - Wayanad - Nanjangud - Mysore - Bangalore/Hyderabad

This will also reduce the distance (by around 100 km) and time by around 2-2.5 hrs.

The students studying in Mysore, Madya, Coorg, etc will also be benefited.
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It won't help North Malabar and Kozhikode district. It will help Wayanad, Nilambur and Midland of Malappuram. If the route length is really 156 km then will benefit all southern districts from Thrissur to Kanyakumari.
Unless something connects nilambur to kozhikode, absolutely useless path for north kerala. Malapuram will not get significant benefit over palakkad route, so does south kerala. Main benefit is that it does not go through TN and people from kerala will get seats easily!
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Unless something connects nilambur to kozhikode, absolutely useless path for north kerala. Malapuram will not get significant benefit over palakkad route, so does south kerala. Main benefit is that it does not go through TN and people from kerala will get seats easily!
A few years back there were plans to connect Thalassery to Mysore, wonder how?
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3. Mangalore - Kasaragod - Kannur - Kozhikode - Shoranur - Nilambur Rd - Wayanad - Nanjangud - Mysore - Bangalore/Hyderabad

This will also reduce the distance (by around 100 km) and time by around 2-2.5 hrs.

The students studying in Mysore, Madya, Coorg, etc will also be benefited.
There is already a railway line from Mangalore to Mysore via Hassan. What is the need of this "valanju mookku pidikkal"?
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There is already a railway line from Mangalore to Mysore via Hassan. What is the need of this "valanju mookku pidikkal"?
Aslesh,

There are already trains running on Mangalore-Hassan-Mysore-Bangalore route. That trains can continue to do so.

Those trains passing via Palakkad-Coimbatore-Erode-Salem-Jolarpettai route from Mangalore and TVM/Kanyakumari can pass through Nilambur-Wayanad-Nanjangud route. It will benefit Kerala state and shorten distance and time.
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It won't help North Malabar and Kozhikode district. It will help Wayanad, Nilambur and Midland of Malappuram. If the route length is really 156 km then will benefit all southern districts from Thrissur to Kanyakumari.
It will not help Malabar, let alone North Malabar. It actually will not help Wayanad much either.

This line will bypass Malabar. Kozhikode city and district are completely avoided and for Malappuram, this line will pass through the easternmost parts.

In Wayanad, there is only one station (Sulthan Bathery). There were three stations in Kalpetta region in the original survey (Vaduvanchal, Vellarmala and Vellarmala North). These are now eliminated now in the pretext of reducing line length and instead made the line go through Tamil Nadu after Bathery and connect from there to Nilambur.

All the major institutions in Wayanad are in or around Kalpetta. Being the district headquarters, Collectorate and SP office are at Kalpetta. Then there are three District Judges, 6 DYSPs, DDE, DEO, RTO etc. The Veterinary University, Veterinary College, DM WIMS Medical College, proposed Government Medical College are all in Kalpetta (Vythiri taluk). Even the most visited tourist sites (Pookode lake, Banasura Sagar, Karappuzha) and the premium resorts (Vythiri Resort, Vythiri Village resort, Hotel Best Western) are in that taluk.

After Kalpetta, Mananthavady has more institutions - RDO, DMO, District Hospital and Government Engineering College.

There is no district level office or professional college in Sulthan Bathery as of now.

This line clearly violated the norm of connecting district headquarters. Sadly we have a political leadership who will say yes to any and every crying babies, without considering the merits and sense of justice.

What remains to be seen is how Karnataka reacts to this. They have made sure no new roads/railway lines cut through the Bandipur National Park through a law enacted by previous UPA government. Will they fall prey to these gimmicks remain to be seen.
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It will not help Malabar, let alone North Malabar. It actually will not help Wayanad much either.

This line is cleverly planned to bypass Malabar. Kozhikode city and district are completely avoided and for Malappuram, this line will pass through the easternmost parts.

In Wayanad, this lobby made sure there is only one station (Sulthan Bathery). There were three stations in Kalpetta region in the original survey (Vaduvanchal, Vellarmala and Vellarmala North). These people got them eliminated now in the pretext of reducing line length and instead made the line go through Tamil Nadu after Bathery and connect from there to Nilambur.

All the major institutions in Wayanad are in or around Kalpetta. Being the district headquarters, Collectorate and SP office are at Kalpetta. Then there are three District Judges, 6 DYSPs, DDE, DEO, RTO etc. The Veterinary University, Veterinary College, DM WIMS Medical College, proposed Government Medical College are all in Kalpetta (Vythiri taluk). Even the most visited tourist sites (Pookode lake, Banasura Sagar, Karappuzha) and the premium resorts (Vythiri Resort, Vythiri Village resort, Hotel Best Western) are in that taluk.

After Kalpetta, Mananthavady has more institutions - RDO, DMO, District Hospital and Government Engineering College.

There is no district level office or professional college in Sulthan Bathery as of now.

This line clearly violated the norm of connecting district headquarters. Sadly we have a chief minister who will say yes to any and every crying babies, without considering the merits and sense of justice.

What remains to be seen is how Karnataka reacts to this. They have made sure no new roads/railway lines cut through the Bandipur National Park through a law enacted by previous UPA government. Will they fall prey to the gimmicks of these people remains to be seen.
If it is Nilambur-Sultan Bathery then only a small portion would go through populated areas of Wayanad district. Do you know the exact route of new alignment. If route length is reduced that way then it will benefit South Kerala. That is the plan.
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Their proposal was to remove the three stations I mentioned in my post along with Cherankode in Tamil Nadu. So the new route will be Nanjangud (KA) - Bandipur forest (KA) - Sulthan Bathery (KL) - Ayyankolli (TN) - Glenrock (TN) - Vazhikkadavu (KL) - Nilambur (KL)
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Unless something connects nilambur to kozhikode, absolutely useless path for north kerala. Malapuram will not get significant benefit over palakkad route, so does south kerala. Main benefit is that it does not go through TN and people from kerala will get seats easily!
What if Angadipuram-Kozhikode line happens, would that help in any way?
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Even if Feroke - Angadippuram happens, how many trains will come from Kozhikode/Kannur? Most, if not all, trains will be from South Kerala. So people of Kozhikode and Kannur will have to travel by road over 100km and reach Sulthan Bathery if they want to board trains to Bangalore, Hyderabad and beyond.
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