Mangaluru: August 11, 2015: Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has appealed to union minister for railways Suresh Prabhu and his deputy Manoj Sinha to expedite the survey work on the new broad gauge line between Kaniyur and Kanhangad. The proposed 71-km line has two phases - Kanhangad-Panathur (40-kms) and Panathur-Kaniyr (31-kms). Railways had already successfully completed both traffic and feasibility survey on the Kanhangad-Panathur part.
Noting that the earlier survey was conducted in 2009, Nalin told the ministers that then railway minister D V Sadananda Gowda had ordered a fresh survey on the entire route in his maiden railway budget. Noting that railways itself has approved that the line is highly feasible and cost effective, Nalin said it will cater to scores of students pursuing studies in Bengaluru as well as the professional and trading communities as well fillip to tourism and pilgrimage centres.
The present Kannur-Bengaluru route via Palghat is 657-kms and requires 12-hours to reach the destination. Kannur-Yesvanthpur route via Mangaluru-Puttur-Subrahmanya also takes the same time. However, with the proposed line, Bengaluru will be only 348-kms away from Kanhangad. With this, one can reach Bengaluru within six to seven hours. From Kaniyur, the proposed line will join Mangaluru-Hassan railway line that leads to Bengaluru, Nalin noted.
The proposed line can be connected through Sullia. From Panathur, there is a public works department road up to Sullia, which passes through Kallapally, Bedadukka, and Alatti. The proposed line can be laid parallel to the existing road. A state highway is passing through this stretch towards Subrahmanya, Kaniyur and Puttur. As it is a public road, the proposed line can be laid parallel to the existing road, Nalin said urging the ministers to do the needful.