Group submits memorandum to Railway Minister
बल्लारी Ballary (BAY): People in the district are hoping for the announcement of the start of work on the proposed railway lines and the introduction of trains in the 2015-16 Railway Budget.
The demand for running trains, via Ballari-Hospet-Koppal-Gadag, between Chennai and Mumbai and a day-time inter-city between Hosapete and Bengaluru has been pending for long. Though new railway lines had been announced in the past budgets, there has been hardly any progress in the matter.
The Ballari District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in a memorandum to the Railway Minister, have urged him to introduce an inter-city train between Hosapete and Bengaluru, an express train between Hosapete-Mangaluru via Ballari-Chitradurga-Hassan and a permanent train between Chennai-Mumbai via Guntakal-Ballari-Hosapete-Gadag-Solapur-Pune.
“Introducing these new trains would help the growth of the district’s economy and we hope that Railway Minister would concede our long pending demands,” J. Nagesh and V.Ravi Kumar, Chamber President and Secretary respectively, told. They have also urged the Railway Minister to start the process of acquiring land for the Ballari-Sirguppa-Sindhanur and Lingasugur line that was announced in the 2014-15 budget; to announce a new line between Gadag and Harpanahalli to help improve agriculture, industry, trade, tourism in the region; early completion of Puttaparthi-Chikkaballapur line to reduce the distance between Ballari and Bengaluru; accelerating the work on completion of Munirabad-Raichur line to avoid cost escalation.
Meanwhile, members of the Ballari-based Karnataka State Railway Action Committee met B. Sriramulu, MP, and submitted a detailed memorandum regarding pending railway line projects, the introduction of trains that have already been announced and urged him to take up the issue during the budget session of Parliament and prevail upon the Railway Minister ensure that the works would commence on a war footing.