Mangaluru, Nov 9, 2014: Chairing a divisional railway meeting here on November 8, Saturday, local MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, categorically stated that the firm proposal to convert Mangaluru Junction Railway Station into World Class Railway Station will gain momentum with the MCC and Railways initiating the process of surveying the land needed for the upgradation.
He went on to detail that World Class Railway Station will be reality soon after the MCC completes acquiring land and State government gives its nod for the same. The world class station requires minimum of 100 acre land. The Railways already have 63 acre land. Hence, the MCC has been asked to conduct a survey and acquire the needed land for the purpose near the railway station. The work on the proposal will be accelerated if the MCC completes the land acquisition process and State government gives its nod for the same soon.
The MP said that the railway station will be developed in keeping with the international standards. The railway ministry has already decided to implement the project under PPP mode.
As per the Railway’s plan, it requires a 15 metre wide approach road. The city corporation has already started the survey of the land for road at Nagori.
Rail Under Bridge: With the city corporation handing over Rs 3.61 crore to Southern Railways, the work of Road Under Bridge (RUB) in lieu of level crossing at Jeppu Kudpady will commence soon and it will be completed by June, 2015. Study will be conducted to find a solution to problems at Thokkottu, the MP said.
He said that the bridge at Baikampady will be completed by March 2015 and at Bantwal by Feb’15. With the closure of Baikampady railway gate, the residents are facing inconvenience. Hence, the railways have been directed to solve the problem at the earliest, to ensure that no inconvenience is caused. A RUB will come up at Haleyangadi at an estimated cost of Rs 4.5 crore on a cost sharing basis by the State government and Konkan Railways Corporation. The proposal for a ROB-Road Over Bridge near Puttur APMC and Vivekananda College. The work on Puttur Adarsh Railway Station will be completed by the New Year. Two railway platforms worth Rs two crore will be built and will be completed by March 2015. The proposal on extension of platforms at Bantwal and Neralakatte has been submitted. Tender has been invited for the construction of toilets at Subrahmanya railway station, stated the MP.
MP Nalin Kumar Kateel directed the officials to reduce the running timings of Karwar-Mangalore-Bangalore train by one hour. Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd Public Relations Officer (Mangalore) Sudha Krishnamurthy said “measures have been initiated to clean Surathkal railway station. To check the inconvenience to locals owing to Ro-Ro service, additional railway police will be deployed.
Mangaluru division in 5 years: MP Nalin Kumar Kateel reiterated that the Mangaluru division will be a reality within five years term of the BJP government at the centre. The administrative hurdles in the announcement will have to be sorted out first.