MUMBAI: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has thrown his weight behind the laying down of the new railway line from Latur Road to Gulbarga junction in Karnataka.
In a letter addressed to Union railway minister Piyush Goyal, the CM has pushed for the new railway line while expressing the state government’s resolve to bear 50% of the total cost of the project. In his official remark on the letter, the railway minister has ordered an immediate survey of the new railway line that has been demanded.
The new line has also received recommendation from state cabinet minister Sambhaji Patil-Nilangekar, who is the guardian minister of Latur district.
“Sambhaji Patil-Nilangekar has brought to my notice that a new railway line connecting the Gulbarga junction with Latur Road station, will help to reduce the present rail travel distance by 150km and the travel time by around three hours. This will also become an alternate route to the existing single line between Latur Road and Vikarabad junction,” said Fadnavis, adding that the new line will reduce fuel consumption to a large extent.
Requesting an order for the immediate survey for the new line, the CM has said that he may consider sharing 50% of the cost to initiate the new railway line.
Welcoming the proposal to start a new railway line from Latur Road to Gulbarga, railway activist Raj Somani said that the letter written by the CM to the Union railway minister also mentioned a new line from Rotegaon-Kopargaon and Aurangabad-Chalisgaon.
“The new railway line from Latur Road to Gulbarga is projected to be like the Rotegaon-Kopargaon and Aurangabad-Chalisgaon lines. We demand the speedy completion of these two lines as well,” he said. A new line on the 22km route between Rotegaon-Kopargaon has been one of the most sought after routes in the region. A survey of the proposed route was in progress after the necessary sanction was received in 2017-18. If it comes up, the route will considerably reduce the travel time to Shirdi via Aurangabad and will also ease congestion on the busy Manmad junction.