PM urged to intervene for revival of Kanhangad-Kaniyooru rail line

Proposed rail link provides the easiest access to Bengaluru

Kanhangad-Kanniyur linkKanhangad (KZE): Following the reported reluctance of the State government to share 50 per cent cost of the proposed Kanhangad-Kaniyooru rail link, a high-level delegation is planning to shortly meet the Prime Minister and the Union Railway Minister to facilitate commencement of work on the project. The proposed rail link provides the easiest access to Bengaluru from northern Kerala.

The delegation including Union Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Nalin Kumar Katteel, Shobha Karanthlaje, MPs representing Dakshina Kannada and Udupi along with P. Karunakaran, local MP, is scheduled to meet the leaders in New Delhi on August 10.

The delegates, in a memorandum, will urge the Centre to intervene in the issue. A decision to this effect was taken at a recent meeting of the Kanhangad-Kaniyooru rail line action committee and Kanhangad Nagara Vikasana Karma Samithi.

The meeting presided over by P. Appukkuttan, chairman of the Nagara Vikasana Karma Samithi, was attended by Sulya Nagara panchayath president N.A. Ramachandra and Kanhangad municipal chairperson K. Divya.

A team of senior Southern Railway officials earlier this year had carried out a fresh survey of the 90-km route through which the proposed line is set to pass. The realisation of the project will give the much needed fillip to the development of the socially and economically backward region in northern Kerala and the Karnataka stretch besides drastically reducing distance to the IT city.

Delegation is scheduled to meet the leaders in New Delhi on August 10.

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