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Old December 24th, 2009, 09:27 PM   #141
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Environment ministry to relook at Hubli-Ankola project

M L Kapur, TNN 24 December 2009, 11:09pm IST

HUBLI: The jinxed Hubli-Ankola broadgauge rail line project has got a fresh lease of life with the Union ministry of environment and forests deciding to review the revised proposal submitted by the railway ministry, bringing down the forest land required by it in the fragile ecosystem of Western Ghats.

Additional director general of the environment ministry, P B Gangopadhyay, will on Monday inspect the forest land required for the Rs 1,050-crore project designed to connect north Karnataka hinterland with the coastal region for access to Karwar port. The work on the project was stalled after it was denied environmental clearance in 2004.

Gangopadhyay will be accompanied on filed inspection by nodal officer of Karnataka forest department, state chief wildlife warden and senior officials of the South Western Railway. He will also discuss the project with MPs at Karwar and Hubli during his day-long tour.

The project, considered crucial for economic development of the region, was taken up in 2003. It is a 50:50 joint venture between railway ministry and Karnataka Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprise (KRIDE), a special-purpose vehicle created for expansion of rail network in the state.

Pending environmental clearance, SWR had started laying track in the non-forest area from Hubli to Kalgatghi. But then, it hit a roadblock when environmental clearance was denied to it by the central government in June 2004 in view of adverse observations made by the forest advisory committee.

Even as the Central Empowered Committee of Supreme Court was still examining this matter in totality, the state forest department developed cold feet. In March 2008, it recommended to the government that the Kalgatghi-Ankola portion of the line "be dropped once for all" as it will serve no purpose.

However, senior SWR officials maintain that the project was still viable. The revised alignment, they say, takes care of the environmental concerns as "we have introduced elevated rail tracks across the traditional elephant migratory corridors and at spots near the watering holes of wild animals in the Western Ghats' section of the line."

In September 2006, Central Empowered Committee had advised the railway ministry to stop work on the 40-km Hubli-Kalgatghi stretch even in non-forest areas till the matter was examined in totality. Meanwhile, the railway ministry and the state government were told revise the project proposal.

The revised proposal cut the requirement of forest land from 965 hectares to 727 hectares, but it still required felling of 2,65,120 tress in the fragile ecosystem of Western Ghats as the proposed railway alignment fragmented the traditional elephant migratory corridor and catchments of Kali, Bedthi and Gangavali rivers.
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‘Over 29 railway stations will be made model stations in the next few years’


Minister disappointed with the manner in which the rail underpass is being constructed

He suggested that certain portions be dismantled and modified


Checking: Union Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa inspecting the work on the underpass in Davangere on Thursday.

DAVANGERE: Union Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa has said the railway stations in Bangalore and Mangalore will be made “world class” and over 29 railway stations will be made “model” stations in the State in the next few years. A committee has been formed to work out modalities for the construction of these railway stations.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Muniyappa said a shopping complex, restrooms and other facilities would be provided at the stations.

He said that the Government wanted to involve private parties in laying new railway lines and constructing railway stations.

Mr. Muniyappa said that the Railways had been dogged by funds shortage. Hence the Government had invited private parties to be a part of the new projects. The Government would contribute 20 per cent of the total cost of the project while the private parties would contribute the remaining 80 per cent and complete the project. Ways of repaying the private parties was being worked out, he said.

To a question, Mr. Muniyappa said that the Union Government was actively considering laying a direct railway line between Davangere and Bangalore via Chitradurga, Hiriyur, Sira and Tumkur. He said that if the State Government contributed half of the total project cost, the Railways would take up the project next year.

Shamanur Shivashankarappa, MLA; Abdul Jabbar, president of the Davangere Congress Committee and Anjaneya, Congress leader, were present.
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Earlier, the Minister inspected the work on the underpass near the Davangere Cotton Mills.

Mr. Muniyappa expressed disappointment with the manner in which the railway underpass was being constructed. He instructed the officials to construct the bridge in such a way that the railway track would be straight.

The Minister suggested that certain portions of the underpass be dismantled and modified to ensure that accidents did not occur. He criticised the officials’ lack of common sense and said that accidents occurred because of defective design, engineering and construction.

The Minister said that he would release the funds needed to modify the bridge.

The Minister also visited the level-crossing near Ashok cinema and said an underpass would be constructed there to ease traffic. He said that if either the Government or the Davangere City Corporation deposited half the total cost of constructing the underpass, the Railways would complete the work within a year. He suggested that the corporation write a letter to the Railways requesting it to construct an underpass and in turn the Railways would prepare an estimate for the work.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Muniyappa took part in a mass marriage organised by Sri Gururamadasa Adyathma Mandira Trust.
Krishnamoorthy,Xetairex I dont know what exactly he means by world class,He has left Mysore and Hubli from the list of world class stations.

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Akash, ultimately all railway stations should be of world class, corporation cities getting first priority. Population, traffic, revenue, etc being the criteria on priotirizing.
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HASSAN: Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa has said that a pair of train between Arsikere and Mysore (via Hassan) will be introduced at the earliest and that this will be at the request made by the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda who represents Hassan in Lok Sabha. The Minister made a brief halt at Arsikere en route to Davanagere on Thursday.

Addressing presspersons, Mr. Muniyappa said the doubling of track between Arsikere and Tumkur was going on in full swing and that before the work could conclude, Arsikere platform that accommodates 18 compartments now would be expanded to accommodate 24 coaches. He said that an underbridge would be constructed at the railway level crossing near Malleswara Nagar in the town. He said that halt for Yeshvanthpur-New Delhi Sampark Kranti Express would be provided at Arsikere.
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If long queues and inordinate delays deter you from taking that railway journey, here’s some good news. Bangalore Division of South Western Railway has decided to open more Jansadharan Ticket Booking Sewaks (JTBS) in and around Bangalore.
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South Western Railway already advertised for opening 118 more Jansadharan centres across the State. “We have been receiving good response this time and after scrutinising the applications we will give permission for new centres within a month. Our aim is to avoid all inordinate delay and inconvenience for our passengers,” adds Pandey.

New JTBS centres will come up around Bangalore City, Bangalore Cantonment, Bangalore East, Banaswadi, Krishnarajapuram, Whitefield, Kengeri, Bidadi, Ramanagaram, Channapatna, Maddur, Mandya, Pandavapura, Srirangapatna, Malur, Tyakal, Bangarpet Jn., Kuppam, Chikbanawar, Kyatasandra, Tumkur , Hebbal, Banaswadi, Anekal, Hosur, Dharmapuri, Yelahanka, Doddaballapur, Gauribidanur, Chikkaballapur and Devanahalli railway stations.
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MANGALORE: The Mangalore Railway Development Action Committee (MRDAC) has urged Union minister of state for railways Muniyappa to establish the Mangalore railway division as travellers in the region are not well-served by the existing division at Palghat.

Speaking to reporters here on Monday, P V Mohan, convener of the committee, said the region had enough railway lines to constitute a separate division without touching the Kerala railway lines. Since the minimum standard requirement is 500 km for a division, it can be easily done by taking the Mangalore-Hassan, Mangalore-Madgoan and lines.

Mohan also touched upon the long pending over bridge at Alape village near Kankanady railway station, urging Muniyappa to consider the bridge as the demand has been pending since a decade.

Apart from this, Mohan reminded the minister that the Mangalore Bangalore train (Train No.6515/6516) which was resumed after a long hiatus, were running packed to capacity. He said after the train was extended to Kannur aged persons, women, children, and handicapped were put to extreme hardship as the reservation quota had been reduced. He said the people of the region feel let down by this decision.

In view of these developments, the committee felt that the disadvantages of the proposed extension can be off set if the existing Kannur-Yeshwantpur Express train No. 6527/6528 is extended to Mangalore.

Mohan also noted that besides, the reservation quota and tatkal facilities in Mangalore- Bangalore passenger train (6515/6516) was withdrawn following the decision to extend the Mangalore- Bangalore passenger train (6515/6516) to Kannur. Mohan observed that reservation quota for Mangalore was meager 65 seats out of 425 seats and also people of this region have to pay the tatkal from Cannanore for travelling from Mangalore to Bangalore.

This should also be addressed without any delay, he added.

In addition to the main demand, the committee also listed others like doubling the Mangalore-Mumbai Railway line:; execution of second rail track between Mangalore- Hassan: Completion of Shravanabelagola- Bangalore railway line and commencement of Mangalore- Shravanabelagola passenger train; trains to Bajpe Airport; Introducing new train from Hubli via Londa- Kundapur- Mangalore Junction to Bangalore; Improvement of Mangalore Junction Station; Introducing the Mangalore- Hyderabad express train via Arisekere- Chitradurga, Managlore-Dadar via Madgaon- Belgaum, Mangalore- Palghat- Katpadi-Tirupathi and Goa- Mangalore Mysore Fast passenger train and halt for all night trains at Mangalore Central.
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Railways to upgrade 1,000 level crossings to check accidents
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Bangalore, Dec 29 (IANS) The Indian Railways will upgrade about 1,000 level crossings across the country to prevent accidents at unmanned inter-sections, Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa said Tuesday.
“Out of 1,600 level crossings across the country that require to be upgraded, about 1,000 of them will be taken up during fiscal 2010-11 to build railway over bridges or underpasses for ensuring safety of passengers and people,” Muniyappa told reporters here.

In Karnataka, 58 bridges with road over or under the rail tracks will be completed in the next two years.

“The state government has come forward to fund about 20 rail projects across the state under the public-private partnership (PPP) model. The railway board will take up the project proposals next month to include as many of them in the railway budget for fiscal 2010-11,” Muniyappa said.

The railway ministry is waiting for environmental clearances to take up the Hubli-Ankola line, as a section of the route will pass through the rich bio-diverse Western Ghats region.

“Similarly, we will consider a new line between Bangalore and Satyamangalam on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border after the environment ministry gives nod, as the central empowerment committee raised objection due to the elephant corridor on the proposed route across the forest area,” the minister added.
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The environment and forests ministry has decided to review the revised proposal submitted by the Railways for the Hubli-Ankola broad gauge rail line project. The decision has given the jinxed project a fresh lease of life.

The revised proposal submitted by the railway ministry has reduced the forest land required by it for the project in the fragile ecosystem of Western Ghats.

The Rs 1,050-crore project is designed to connect North Karnataka hinterland with the coastal region for access to the Karwar port. Work on the project was stalled after it was denied environmental clearance in 2004.

Dharwad MP Prahlad Joshi who has taken up the issue with the Centre said the decision to take a relook at the proposal was a welcome step and hoped the inspection to yield favourable results for Karnataka. The revised proposal has cut the requirement of forest land from 965 hectares to 727 hectares. But it requires the felling of 265,120 trees in the fragile ecosystem of Western Ghats as the proposed railway alignment fragmented the traditional elephant migration corridor and catchments of the Kali, Bedthi and Gangavali rivers.

The Hubli-Ankola rail line project, considered crucial for economic development of the region, was taken up in 2003. It is a 50:50 joint venture between the railway ministry and Karnataka Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprise (KRIDE), a special-purpose vehicle created for expansion of the rail network in the state.

The South Western Railway had begun laying the track in the non-forest area — from Hubli to Kalghatgi — pending clearance from the environment department, which was denied in June 2004 following adverse remarks of the forest advisory committee.

Even as the Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court was still examining the matter in its totality, the state forest department developed cold feet. In March 2008, it recommended to the government that the Kalghatgi-Ankola portion of the line “be dropped once for all” as it will serve no purpose.

However, senior SWR officials maintain that the project was still viable. “The revised alignment takes care of the environmental concerns as we have introduced elevated rail tracks across the traditional elephant migration corridors and at spots near the watering holes of wild animals in the Western Ghats section of the line,” an official said.

The Central Empowered Committee had advised the railway ministry in September 2006 to stop work on the 40-km Hubli-Kalghatgi stretch even in the non-forest areas till the matter was examined in its entirety. Meanwhile, the railway ministry and the state government were asked to revise the project proposal.
Central team inspects alignment proposed by the railway department
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Karwar: A Central team deputed by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests inspected the alignment proposed by the railway department for the construction of Hubli-Ankola rail line along the national highway 63 on Monday.

The team is headed by P B Gangopadhyaya, additional director in the ministry. K S Reddy, chief conservator of forests in the department of environment and forests and pained Gangopadhyaya.

Gangopadhyaya told reporters at the Forest Bungalow in Karwar that the railway authorities had placed before the team their justification for building the proposed rail line. However, the based on the impact of the project on forest composition, the habitat of wild life, the bio-diversity and conse3rvation of environment. He said the report would consider the views of the public and the people's representatives including Uttara Kannada MP Ananthkumar Hegde and Dharwad MP Prahlad Joshi.

The view point of the railways would also be taken into account to derive a balanced report.

Meanwhile, the officials of South-West Railways including Vijaykumaran, chief administrative officer, and Abdul Rehman, chief engineer, explained to the Central team about the project. They said around 700 hectares of forest land has to be acquired for the project. As regards the traffic projection, they are said to have stated that around 45 million tonnes of iron ore can be transported annually to Karwar, Belekeri and Mangalore ports and the port at Vasco in Goa. According to them it would be more economical to reach the port at Goa through Hubli-Ankola rail line rather than through Londa, since the Hubli-Londa rail line was laid quite a while back. Also, the goods carried by four locomotives through Hubli-Londa rail line can be carried by one locomotive through proposed Hubli-Ankola reported to have argued that the emission of carbon dioxide would be much less compared to road transport. The forest land required for the project is comparable to that required for the development of the proposed four lane road along the national highway 63. Moreover, the public at large are in favour of the project, the railway officials are said to have argued.

The railway officials reportedly suggested four different alignments for the project, However, Vijaykumaran refused to comment on the projects. He said that the project was proposed by the state government and the task of the railways was to implement it.

The environmentalists are of the opinion that the project would cause irreparable loss to fauna and flora in the Western Ghats region along the alignment. They point out that the proposed alignment passes through elephant corridor in Yellapur taluk. Obviously the project would effect it, they said.
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Bangalore-Howrah Duranto to begin Jan 3

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Bangalore, Dec 29 (IANS) The maiden non-stop Duranto express from Bangalore to Howrah will be flagged off Jan 3, union Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa said here Tuesday.

“The non-stop Duranto will leave Yeshvantpur station Jan 3 at 11.15 a.m. and reach Howrah Jan 4 at 4 p.m. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee will flag off the Howrah-Bangalore Duranto Wednesday, which will reach here Thursday,” Muniyappa told reporters here.

During her visit to Bangalore Dec 8, Banerjee announced that the first Duranto from Karnataka would be her New Year gift to the people of the state.

Four of the nine new trains sanctioned for Karnataka this fiscal (2009-10) have been made operational recently. The remaining five will be commenced by February.

“The Yeshvantpur-Mysore express and Tirupati-Mysore express will be extended up to Chamarajanagar from Jan 3. Similarly, the Mumbai-Karwar express in the coastal region will be extended up to Mangalore soon,” Muniyappa noted.

Of the new trains, the Bangalore-Kuchuveli super-fast express and Bangalore-Lucknow-Rae Bareli express will begin in February.
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TNN 29 December 2009, 10:27pm IST


HUBLI: The state government will have to provide a very strong argument in favour of building the Hubli-Ankola railway link if it wants the Union forest ministry to clear the project, a senior forest officer said here on Monday.

Dr P B Gangopadhyaya, additional director general of forests, who headed a team that inspected forest areas meant to be cleared for building the railway line, told MP Prahlad Joshi that the forest ministry was open-minded about the project.

"All these years, it has been straight and simple. The project was not cleared as it would damage trees and wildlife in one of the most pristine ecosystems in the country," Gangopadhyaya said.

According to him, the state government and the railways' only argument was that it would help carry iron ore to the Tadadi, Bilikere and Karwar ports. But this was not convincing as market fluctuations can push down the demand for ore in international markets.

"However, if the state government makes other, stronger arguments like it'll help developing backward areas in the state, then the ministry of environment and forests and the Supreme Court centrally empowered committee that are looking into the issue would take a balanced view of the issue, he said.

He welcomed Joshi's idea that building a railway line and diverting traffic and freight transport on to the line would cause less environment damage than doubling national highways in Karwar district. He asked state government and railway officials to record these facts in an affidavit before the apex court and back them by supporting documents.

The project was planned a decade ago. However, it was rejected by the forest ministry four times in the past. Later in 2007, environmentalists challenged the project, saying it would destroy large-green patches in the western ghats, one of the bio-diversity hotspots in the world.

The SC has now referred the matter to a centrally-empowered committee. The CEC is supposed to inspect the project very soon.
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Railways implementing Rs 2,870-cr projects in State

Costs being shared by Railways and Karnataka Govt.



Partnering development: Mr K H Muniyappa, Ministerof State, Railways addressing a press conference inBangalore on Tuesday. - G.R.N. Somashekar




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Bangalore, Dec. 29

The Union Minister of State for Railways, Mr K.H. Muniyappa, announced on Wednesday that at least seven projects – comprising gauge conversion, track doubling and laying new lines – amounting to about Rs 2,870 crore were in various stages of implementation.



In all these cases, the project cost is being shared by the Railways and the State Government.

A press release issued on the occasion says that 65 km of new lines, 57 km of gauge conversion, 54 km of doubling and six overbridges, including two in the Bangalore region, will be completed in 2009-10.

The targeted projects for 2009-10 include a 65 km new line between Kuttur and Harihar, which would be open to goods services by March 31, 2010, and to passenger services by September 30.

The Rs 225-crore Shimoga-Talguppa gauge conversion project, to be implemented in two phases, is also expected to be executed by 2009-10. The first phase of 57 km from Shimoga to Anandapuram is expected to be completed by March 31, 2010, and the second phase of 40 km from Anandapuram to Talguppa by June 30.

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Mr Muniyappa said that new line surveys for Chikkaballapura-Puttaparthy, Madanapalle-Srinivasapura, Anekal-Bidadi, Shimoga-Harihar, Gadag-Wadi, Almatti-Koppal and Almatti-Yadgir, which were sanctioned in the Budget were in progress. The report would be finalised shortly.

The Minister said that the Kadur-Chickmagalur, via Sakleshpur (93 km), Hassan-Bangalore via Shravanabelagola (166 km), Rayadurga-Tumkur, via Kalyandurg (213 km), Munirabad-(Ginigera)-Raichur (170 km upto Mehboobnagar) could be completed in three or four years, if the land was made available by the State Government.

The work on the 167-km Hubli-Ankola line has been held up as it was pending before the Central Empowerment Committee for clearing 727 ha of forest land. The CEC, he said had denied permission for conducting the survey on the 260 km Bangalore-Sathyamangalam line, which came under forest including an elephant reserve.
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Subways at road over-bridges in Lingarajapuram, Banasawadi, Hebbal and other places planned

Two projects will be implemented at a cost of Rs. 125 crore

Surveys for new railway lines are on, says Muniyappa

BANGALORE: Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa on Wednesday announced several projects for the State, including track-doubling on two sections in the city with a view to easing congestion on roads.

He told presspersons that track-doubling would be taken up on Yeshwanthpur-Yelahanka and Yelahanka-Channasandra sections at a cost of Rs. 125 crore. The railway authorities had taken up the final location survey.

Subways at road over-bridges in Lingarajapuram, Banasawadi, Hebbal, Fraser Town and other places in the city for easing traffic congestion had been planned in association with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. Road over-bridges would be built at Kodigena Halli, Sarjapur and Boopasandra crossings. Road over-bridges and under bridges would be built at Jalahalli across the ring road, Nagawara, Byappanahalli, Kengeri, Bapujinagar and Allalasandra.

Work on the road over-bridge at Whitefield would be completed by March 2010 and widening of Bennigana Halli road under-bridge on Bangalore-Krishnarajapuram (NH 4) would be completed by May 2010. The Bangalore-Whitefield-Krishnarajapuram track-quadrupling work could not be implemented as the State Government had not decided on commuter rail transportation and cost sharing, he said.

Mr. Muniyappa said that surveys for Chickaballapur-Puttaparthy, Madanapalle-Srinivasapura, Anekal-Bidadi, Shimoga-Harihar, Gadag-Wadi, Almatti-Koppal and Almati-Yadgir lines, which were sanctioned in the budget, were in progress. A report would be finalised shortly.

He said the 65-km Kottur-Harihar line would be ready for goods services by March 31 and for passenger services by September 30. Gauge conversion work on the 97-km Shimoga-Talaguppa section (Shimoga-Anandapuram 57 km and Anandapuram-Talaguppa 40 km would be completed by March and June 2010, respectively.

The Minister said that patch-doubling work on the 26.15-km Dharwad-Kambarganvi section (Dharwad-Mugad 13 km and Mugad-Kambarganvi) was likely to be completed by March and December 2010, respectively.

Work on the 44.28-km Arsikere-Birur section (Arsikere-Devanur and Devanur-Birur) would be completed by March 2010 and 2011, respectively.

He said the Kadur-Chikmagalur line via Sakleshpur (93 km), Hassan-Bangalore line via Shravanabelagola (166 km), Rayadurga-Tumkur via Kalyandurg (213 km), Munirabad-(Ginigera)-Raichur (170 km up to Mehabubnagar) could be completed in four years if land was made available by the State Government.

Work on the 167-km Hubli-Ankola line was held up because the Central Empowerment Committee had to give clearance for acquisition of 727 hectares of forestland. The committee had denied permission for conducting a survey on the 260-km Bangalore-Sathyamangalam line as it came under the forestland, he said.
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He said that Kakinada-Bangalore Seshadri Express would stop at Malur and Mysore-Tirupati Fast Passenger at Tykal from January 1.
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Path for Ankola-Hubli railway line surveyed

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Central team inspects forestland that is to be used for the rail link


Officials asked to file supplementary affidavits justifying the need for the project


Railway Users’ Committee of Yellapur and Ankola submitted two separate memorandums

Hubli: Additional Director-General of Union Ministry of Forest and Environment P.B. Gangopadhya who led the central team that conducted a survey of the re-aligned path of the Ankola-Hubli railway line, has asked the officials of the State Government and also the South Western Railways to submit supplementary affidavits to justify their arguments.

During an interaction with the Member of Parliament from Dharwad Pralhad Joshi and senior officials of the State Infrastructure Department, Forest Department and the South Western Railway on Monday night, Mr. Gangopadhyaya pointed out that unless and until the affidavits submitted before the Central Empowerment Committee (CEC) of the Supreme Court and the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment were supported by adequate documents, survey reports and statistics, their argument would be weak.

During the survey conducted on Monday, which began from Ankola and concluded at Hubli, the team interacted with various groups of people, including elected representatives, lorry drivers and lorry owners and also inspected several stretches of forestland which is proposed to be used for the project.

Mr. Gangopadhyaya said the railway route, which had been proposed mainly keeping in mind the freight traffic, passed through the forestland, which was rich in biodiversity and any argument in justification of the proposed rail route should be supported by adequate statistics and documents.

He said he had observed that during the survey conducted on Monday several new issues had cropped up with regard to the project. But those issues were not mentioned clearly in the affidavits filed before the department. He pointed out that the issues like setting up of big ports at Tadadi, Honnavar and Belakeri had not been mentioned specifically in the earlier affidavits. During the discussion, Pralhad Joshi, MP, referred to the proposal for widening of the existing highway between Hubli and Ankola and wanted to know whether any study had been carried out on the extent of forestland required for the project, the amount of funding, and the possible damage that would be caused to bio-diversity in the event of the project being implemented.

Mr. Gangopadhyaya said there was a need to re-examine the feasibility study of the railways and study the extent of traffic expected on the proposed rail route. “The supplementary affidavits covering additional issues pertaining to the project accompanied by supporting and analytical data should be submitted to the Central Empowerment Committee”, he said.

Mr. Pralhad Joshi said he would discuss the issue with the Chief Minister and urge him to direct the officials concerned to take steps to substantiate their argument in favour of the project before the CEC.
Central team

Karwar Correspondent reports:

The Central team visited Baleguli, Sunksal, Idagundi, Yellapur, Kiravatti and other areas as the environmental groups had raised objection in the past that the forests in these areas would be destroyed if the project of laying the Hubli-Ankola railway line was implemented.

The team comprised P.B. Gangopadhyaya. Additional Director of Union Ministry of Forests and Environment, K.D. Singh, K.G. Reddy, Chief Conservator of Forests, and South Western Railway officials Vijay Kumar and Abdul Rehman.

Anant Kumar Hegde, MP, told the team that the proposed railway line would help in the overall development of the area and will connect Karwar, Belekeri, Goa and Mangalore ports to Hyderabad. He added: “Only a handful of non-governmental organisations and environmentalists are opposing the project”.

The Railway Users’ Committee of Yellapur and Ankola submitted two separate memorandums urging the Centre to implement the project immediately.
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Krishnamoorthy,Xetairex I dont know what exactly he means by world class,He has left Mysore and Hubli from the list of world class stations.

Looks like IR is facing funds shortage...........
What he means is, 'I want to give you a placebo and hope you don't complain for another 6 months' This is a standard-issue anodyne that lasts for a few months. I am surprised to see people falling for it again and again. Another favorite is ' I am gonna extend this train' or 'I will give you a new express!' (that runs one day of the week, most of the time, late)

What I want to understand is this: on this cost-sharing project concept: are the revenues also shared according to partnership percentages?

I sure hope so, else we are all getting the short shrift.
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Bangalore December 29, 2009: Indian Railways will execute, for the first time, major railway projects involving private investment to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore in Karnataka, Minister of state for Railways K M Muniyappa today said.

Addressing the media here, he said Karnataka was proactive in taking up Railway projects with private investment of upto 75 per cent. It had already submitted draft proposals for 20 such projects.

''The projects will be executed by the Railways with the State government, with the Railways investing only a minor portion of the project cost. ''This will involve laying of mainly new rail lines,'' said Mr Muniyappa.


He said Indian Railways will upgrade about 1,000 level crossings across the country to prevent accidents at unmanned inter-sections. "Out of 1,600 level crossings across the country that require to be upgraded, about 1,000 of them will be taken up during fiscal 2010-11 to build railway over bridges or underpasses for ensuring safety of passengers and people," Muniyappa said.

In Karnataka, 58 bridges with road over or under the rail tracks will be completed in the next two years. "The state government has come forward to fund about 20 rail projects across the state under the public-private partnership (PPP) model. The railway board will take up the project proposals next month to include as many of them in the railway budget for fiscal 2010-11," Muniyappa said.

The railway ministry is waiting for environmental clearances to take up the Hubli-Ankola line, as a section of the route will pass through the rich bio-diverse Western Ghats region.

"Similarly, we will consider a new line between Bangalore and Satyamangalam on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border after the environment ministry gives nod, as the central empowerment committee raised objection due to the elephant corridor on the proposed route across the forest area," the minister added.

Muniyappa said apart from establishing world class facilities at Bangalore City railway station and Byapanahalli on public- private partnership, Kottu-Harihar new line (Rs305 crore), Shimoga-Talguppa gauge conversion (Rs220 crore), Ramanagaram-Mysore doubling (Rs497 crore), Munirabad-Raichur (Rs497 crore) and Gulbarga-Bidar new line (Rs369 crore) will also be taken up on a cost-sharing basis.

The Karnataka government had said the projects under PPP would be finalised next month and once it was done, they would be placed before the Railway board.
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BANGALORE: Union Minister of State for Railways KH Muniyappa on Tuesday said that the state government was preparing a draft for getting 20 new railway projects, on private public partnership (PPP) basis, sanctioned for the state. The proposal will be placed before Parliament after it is approved by the Railway Board.

Muniyappa told reporters, “For the first time in the history of the Indian Railways we are mooting laying of new lines on a PPP mode. At present, there are 63,000 kilometres of railway lines in the country and there is a demand for laying 50,000 kilomet res of new lines. We are not able to meet this demand due to financial constraints. If the PPP mode is approved, it will help us meet the demands at the earliest”.

Muniyappa also said that the railways had decided to convert 1,000 manned level crossings into unmanned level crossings in the country by constructing railway overbridges or underbridges.

The railways is constructing 58 such bridges in the state and is awaiting BBMP’s sanction for nine more bridges.

Union Minister for Railways Mamata Banerjee will flag off the state’s first Duronto train from Howrah to Yeshwantpur on Wednesday.

The train will make its maiden trip on the return direction from Yeshwantpur on January 3, Muniyappa announced.

The Railways will be extending Mysore-Tirupati fast passenger upto Chamarajanagar in the first week of January and the Mumbai-Karwar Express upto Mangalore by the end of January.

It will also introduce Bangalore- Kochuveli superfast express and Lucknow-Rae Bareli-Bangalore Express by February.

With that, all the trains announced for the state would be introduced.

Railways will also be undertaking 57 kilometres of gauge conversion work, 54 kilometre of doubling work and will lay 65 kilometres of new lines, he said.

Muniyappa said that the environment department was yet to give clearance for the Hubli-Ankola and Bangalore-Satyamangalam lines. The high-level committee headed by ADG Gangopadhyaya had surveyed the realigned Hubli-Ankola line and a decision would be taken after it submitted the report.

“I have requested the chief minister to hold a meeting to find solutions to pending issues and remove bottlenecks for the projects,” he added.
There seems to be revenue sharing but how much state governments share is not clear. And also how much control state government will be having about the usage (destinations of the trains to be run) of these lines is not clear.
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That is bad,75% borne by Karnataka,while rest of the states wlak away with 100% central funding,still we are treated the way were...........
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75% private investment. Mostly Reliance, L&T, etc are candidates?
Does it mean that 25% will be by the Union Railway or the Union Railway & the state government?
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75% private investment. Mostly Reliance, L&T, etc are candidates?
Does it mean that 25% will be by the Union Railway or the Union Railway & the state government?


Above is just glimps of the sharing of some projects.

Why would reliance,L&T invest 75% & how ould they get back the amount???Will it be profitable for the private investor???
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Correction to my earlier statement - 75% (may be 2/3) is the state share, so 25% will be the contribution from the Union Railways. The state can further go for PPP with private parties to mobilize fund. Revenue sharing model to be decided?
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Correction to my earlier statement - 75% (may be 2/3) is the state share, so 25% will be the contribution from the Union Railways. The state can further go for PPP with private parties to mobilize fund. Revenue sharing model to be decided?
I am not understanding how will private players find IR projects lucrative?, ofcourse NHAI projects are.

Does the State Govt have enough money to take up 75% charges???
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Correction to my earlier statement - 75% (may be 2/3) is the state share, so 25% will be the contribution from the Union Railways. The state can further go for PPP with private parties to mobilize fund. Revenue sharing model to be decided?
I don't think Indian railways will come forward to share a single rupee from the revenue generated of projects shared by state government. Poor railway administration dampening the growth of railway networks in many states.
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