KOCHI: Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways, has said that the Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL), a joint venture company of Kerala and the Ministry of Railways, had been advised to sort out issues of forest clearance and alignment with all stakeholders, including the Karnataka government, on the proposed Thalassery-Mysuru railway line, now revised as Kannur seaport-airport-Wayanad-Coorg-Mysuru rail route with links to Kozhikode from Mananthavady.
He was replying to a question raised by Mullappally Ramachandran in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, seeking whether the feasibility study on the proposed railway line had been completed and a detailed project report had been submitted in this regard.
Mr. Gohain stated that the KRDCL had submitted a feasibility report for the new line from Thalassery to Periyapatna for consideration and requisite approvals.
As per this report, the total cost of construction of the 180-km line had been estimated to be ₹5,000 crore. It was observed that the proposed new line passed through the Western Ghats having a fragile ecosystem and protected forest areas and sanctuaries.
However, the report had been prepared without conducting any survey on the ground and there was no assessment of the impact of the railway line in the forest zone. Local people were also agitating against the proposed alignment which would pass through Karnataka, the Minister said.