Gowda positive on Kanhangad-Kaniyur rail line

कन्हनगड Kanhangad (KZE): The long-standing demand for the proposed Kanhangad-Kaniyur rail line that will provide easy access from north Kerala to Bangalore got a major boost with Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda promising to accord top priority to the project.

The promise was made during a meeting Gowda had with the office-bearers of the newly formed Kanhangad-Kaniyur rail line action committee in Mangalore on Sunday.

The meeting assumes significance as Gowda is set to present the Railway Budget in Parliament on July 8.

“Gowda evinced keen interest in the project and promised to take up the matter.”

The memorandum urged the Minister to provide budgetary allocation for starting work on the proposed 40 kilometer (km) Kanhangad-Panathur rail line for which both the traffic and the feasibility surveys had been completed.

It urged the Minister to begin the survey on the remaining 31 km Panathur-Kaniyur stretch falling in Karnataka to link the Mangalore-Bangalore rail line via Hassan and Mysore.