State, Centre to go dutch for rail projects - The New Indian Express

State, Centre to go dutch for rail projects

Published: 03rd January 2010 04:01 AM

Last Updated: 16th May 2012 02:58 PM

BANGALORE: In what should be a dampener on the state’s expectations from the forthcoming Railways budget, Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa on Saturday lumped some financial load on the state itself.

At a pre-budget review meeting of the state’s railway proposals, Muniyappa cited the “fund crunch” in the Railways and put a “cost-sharing” rider on the hopes of the state.

Of the 19 ongoing projects in the state, only six are on a costsharing basis, Muniyappa said, adding that sanctioning new projects will be easier if it could commit to cost-sharing on all 19 projects.

It would also help complete the projects by three to four years earlier, he said.

Muniyappa denied that Karnataka was being discriminated against. States like Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand have been active in cost-sharing projects and rail lines are decided on population and demand, he said.

State to go PPP

Meanwhile, Infrastructure Minister Janardhan Reddy said that Karnataka will seek to draw maximum mileage from the Railway policy on Public Private Partnerships, which are in the offing.

About 10 projects have been listed as a priority, the proposals on five of them will be reached to the Centre by January 10. The minister declined to list out the five projects. January 15 is the last date for to send proposals.

The controversial Hubli-Ankola line and those like the Bijapur- Shahbad, Gadag-Haveri and Alamatti- Koppal lines figured in a list of nine projects mentioned on the occasion under the bracket of connectivity to industrial zones. Meanwhile, the Shimoga- Talaguppa and Kottur-Harihara lines are listed to be operational in March, the minister said.

In a bid to cover the perceived lack of coordination between Railway authorities and the local administrators, a district level coordination committee in Bangalore will now undertake a monthly review of all projects.

Linking BIA and city

Some rail connectivity between the city and the limits of the Bengaluru International Airport is expected to be in order when a Yeshwanthpur-Devanahalli pushpull train gets on rail this March.

The operation of the said train along with another on the Yeshwanthpur- Anekal line was made known in the pre-budget review meeting on Saturday.

Senior officials in the Infrastructure department said a traffic study has been ordered to include BIAL in the Yeshwanthpur- Devanahalli line. Linking the Yeshwanthpur-Devanahalli line to the traffic hub will cost about Rs 25 crore, officials said.

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