Though the state government has announced seven new railway projects, the Rs 440 crore allocated for it in the state budget is not enough to even complete ongoing projects.
The state budget for railways may be insufficient for the ongoing projects if the Railway Board chooses to release more funds to complete important cost-sharing projects such as the Bangalore-Mysore doubling and new Bangalore-Hassan rail line.
Pashima Karavali Railway Yathri Abivriddhi Sanga member Anil Hegde said: “We had requested the state government to focus on completing the Bangalore-Mysore track doubling as it is one of the most important ongoing projects. We had also submitted a proposal requesting the government and Railway Board to undertake the Mangalore-Panandur doubling works this year and it is disappointing that no allocation has been given to it.”
The CM has also announced that survey works will be undertaken to implement the following railway projects: Dharwad-Belgaum, Tumkur-Kunigal-Maddur-Malavalli-Chamrajnagar, Bangalore-Kunigal, Tiptur-Dudda bypass, Tumkur-Rayadurga, Tumkur-Davangere and Almatti-Koodala Sangama-Koppal.