मंडया Mandya (MYA): The much-awaited rail line doubling between Mysore and Bangalore will be operational by April 2015, reducing the commuting time between the two cities, assured MP C S Puttaraju.
Interacting with the media after inspecting railway stations at Maddur, Mandya, Srirangapatna, Pandavapura, Member of Parliament Mr.Puttaraju said that the doubling works was being expedited. He discussed the progress of the track-doubling project with officials and spoke to commuters about their grievances.
Puttaraju said discussions in this regard was held with Railway Minister D V Sadanandagowda recently.
He had also met Chief Minister Siddramaiah, and requested to release the State’s share of funds for the ongoing project.
Other problems related to execution of the project was also being reviewed, he added.
He said that acquisition of lands from the farmers had turned out to be main hurdle in the project getting delayed. Railway officials and Deputy Commissioner had been directed to provide suitable compensation to the farmers, and solve the issue, Puttaraju said.
“Initially, the Tipu armoury at Srirangapatna will not be disturbed. Utilising the latest technology, trains will be run on a single track for one and half kilometre stretch near the armoury. Later, steps will be taken to shifting the armoury,” he said.
He said that Rs 83 lakh will be released from the MP’s fund for beginning a mini railway station at the land belonging to department of Horticulture in Maddur.
He also directed the officials to prepare a list of works to be taken up at Mandya railway station, like extra ticket counters, and upgradation of the station.
SWR chief engineer Ravindra Reddy, deputy commissioner Ajay Nagabushan, CMC president Siddaraju and other officials were present.
“Basic amenities at railway stations in the district will be improved. I will ask Railway officials to upgrade railway stations in Mandya district and construct railway overpasses,” Mr. Puttaraju said.
He said priority would be given to provide drinking water, create parking lots, more ticket counters and toilets. The MP also said he would request the Union government to allocate sufficient funds to construct a railway station near the Horticulture Department in Maddur.
Mandya Deputy Commissioner M.N. Ajay Nagabhushan and Chief Engineer of Railways Ravindra Reddywere present.