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Prospects of Wayanad railway
History
A rail line to connect Wayanad with Mysore was under active consideration since 1880 as evident from the records of Mysore people’s council. Surveys for Nanjangud - Wayanad railway line was conducted in the years 1906, 1916-17 and 1924. (Copy of Reports are available at Us )
During 1999 survey of Nanjangud - Badakara line
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was held. The proposed line passes through Sulthan Bathery, Kalpetta, Vythiri, Poozhithode and Nadapuram.
During 2004 survey of Nanjangud-Sulthan Bathery- Nilambur line was conducted. Thereafter during 2009 survey for this line was again held as 2 sectors ie. Nanjangud- Sulthan Bathery (72 k.m.) and Sulthan Bathery - Nilambur road (164 k.m). During 2010 Railway Bord has accorded in principal sanction for this line.
Whether fund a constraint?
There is a popular fallacy that constraint of fund prevents railways from taking up new projects. But the 2012-13 railway budget has allocated Rs. 6872 cores for new lines. The budget has sanctioned 45 new lines with own fund and 11 new lines with state governments participation. The rail budget specifically states despite of constrains new lines would be considered. ( Para 45 of railway budget 2012-13)
VISION 2020 for Railways categorically states that Railways must reach the remote and underserved areas of the country, aiming at improving the connectivity to far-flung areas and large districts unconnected by the Railways today, to bring them into the national mainstream of development. The Vision 2020 also proposes to add 25,000 kms of new Lines by 2020,of which,at least 10,000 kms would be socially desirable lines regardless of their economic viability in the short run.
People of Kerala have two main rail routes linking it to the other parts of India-ie the Konkan line and the Palakkad-Coimbatore line.The Palakkad-Coimbatore line is already saturated and Konkan line which is a single line is prone to natural calamities.The frequent land slides at Konkan Railway has thrown train services out of gear,as there is no alternate route to divert trains.In other words a new ‘OPENING’ is required for the growing demands of Kerala for new trains and routes.
The 236 kms long Nilambur Road-Sulthan Bathery-Nanjangud Town Rail line is the ideal solution for these problems and will be a boon to the people of Wayanad,who are facing lot of difficulties due to the over night road traffic ban.

The proposed new line between Nilambur and Nanjangud Town is of national importance and will cater to the needs of the people across geographies and income strata as well as ethnic,religious and social diversities.It will better connect centres of commerce and industry,places of pilgrimage, historical sites, and tourist attractions,as also ports to hinterland.Hence the proposed line linking the remotest South Indian districts of Wayanad,Nilgiris and Malappuram to the National BG rail network deserves top priority as accorded to Konkan line.

The salient advantages of this ‘VITAL MISSING LINK’ ie Nilambur-Sulthan Bathery-Nanjangud rail line are mentioned below:
i)Will serve as an effective alternative rail route to Konkan Railway which is exposed to traffic blocks during monsoon land slides and in emergencies.(See the map enclosed)
ii)Significant distance reduction between Kanyakumari, Kerala and the cities of Mysore,Hubli,Bangalore,Hyderabad and New Delhi.(Saves about 350 kms to Mysore,Hubli,Hyderabad,Delhi and 70 kms to Bangalore)
iii)Provides easy connectivity between Inland Container Terminal,Bangalore and the Container ports of Vallarpadam, Kochi and proposed Vizhinjam port,near Trivandrum.
iv)Immense tourist and pilgrimage potential as it links Mysore, Wayanad, Nilgiris,Guruvayur and Sabarimala.
v)Will bring the backward districts of Wayanad, Malappuram, Chamarajanagar and Nilgiris into the national BG Rail network boosting their economic development.
vi)Wayanad will be linked to Mysore Airport and the IT cities of Mysore and Bangalore by rail.
vii)Will boost national integration by linking the hinterland of Kerala,Tamilnadu and Karnataka states.
It will accelerate economic growth,open up new avenues for employment in the primary,secondary and tertiary sectors and also promote geographically and socially balanced growth.
The proposed line via Chungathara, Vazhikkadavu,Venthekkumpotty,Birlavanam,Glenrock,Devala (Gudalur Road),Pandalur,Cheeral and Sulthan Bathery benefits the districts of Malappuram,Wayanad and Nilgiris.
The proposed route runs parallel to NH 212 between Bathery and Nanjangud as it traverses forest areas,thus avoiding vast destruction of forest land.
Overbridges or elevated corridors can be built at elephant crossings to avoid harm to wild animals,as done across wild life sanctuaries in North India.By carrying more people and goods than other modes of transport,Railways can help protect the environment while promoting balanced development.A train can replace about 60 lorries/buses in the route and thus can significantly bring down pollution.
The latest estimate of this 238 kms long line is about Rs 3385 crores.The Railway Board and Central Planning Commission has accorded ‘sanction in principle’ for this line (vide F.No 7/29/2010-Tpt,Planning Commission,Govt of India,dated 06.04.2010.) and is awaiting approval from the CCEA.

  
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Dec 31 2012 (10:13)
ಅಶೋಕ್ अशोक Ashok*^~   18291 blog posts   38071 correct pred (65% accurate)
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Detailed blog to start with at IRI...Thanks for detailed writing....But will MoEF give clearance to this proposal as it passes through Nilgiri Biosphere?

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