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Blog Entry# 2373351
Posted: Aug 07 2017 (11:12)

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Aug 06 2017 (12:14)   Sabari rail ; an uphill task

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Giving a new lease of life to the hopes of the Sabarimala pilgrims, the Railways began the work of the proposed Sabari rail after a long hiatus. The Railways has begun work on the stretch between Angamaly and Kalady which is part of the long-pending Sabari Rail project. According to Railway area manger, Ernakulam, the pre-non interlocking works of the 7.5 km long stretch has been started. Due to the work on the the stretch, train traffic has been regulated on the mainline near Angamaly station, he said. The work on the Kalady station and the overbridge across Periyar river is almost finished.
District administration officers said steps have been taken to reopen the two special offices set up for the project.
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The offices were closed a down a couple of years ago after the project hit a roadblock. The office at Perumbavoor has already started functioning and the other at Muvattupuzha will become operational in a couple of days.
Earlier, the district administration submitted a proposal to the state government seeking restoration of the special offices in order to speed up the land acquisition formalities. The government has also sanctioned the appointment of staff to the posts required to coordinate the works. The staff include tahasildar, deputy tahasildar, village officer, revenue inspector, surveyors, clerks, draftsmen, and attendants etc. As many as 40 from the Revenue Department will be posted at the special offices. Around 132 hectare of land which comes under 490 survey numbers in three taluks will have to be acquired for the project and the revenue officials will coordinate the work, said the district administration.
Sabari Central Action Council convenor Jijo Joseph said with the Centre allocating Rs 213 crore for the Angamaly-Sabari railway line in the 2017-18 railway budget, the project received a lease of life. The project had been allocated Rs 50 crore as the first instalment from the state government’s share of funding to begin the work. The project was allotted a sum of Rs 40 crore in the previous Union Railway Budget.
Recently, the officials submitted a revised estimate of Rs 2,815 crore to the Central government. They are yet to receive an in principal nod from the Union Government.
When the railway line covering five municipalities- namely Pala, Thodupuzha, Muvattupuzha, Kothamangalam, Perumbavoor and Angamaly, and 11 other small towns was proposed in 1996-97 to cater to the travel needs of Sabarimala pilgrims, the project was estimated to cost around Rs 540 crore. Later the project estimate was revised to Rs 1,550 crore in 2011, an official said.
With the realignment of the route from Anthinadu in Kottayam to Erumeli, the length of the 120-km proposed railway project, which will put the hill shrine on the railway map of the country, has come down to 111 km. Also the protest against the project has died down to some extent, he added.
After dilly-dallying over cost sharing, the state government agreed to a 51:49 equity with the Railways for the Angamaly-Sabarimala railway project. The decision was arrived at in 2016 after a long drawn tussle with the Center. The decision was taken after other states agreed to share the cost of railway projects and development of rail infrastructure. The Centre had made it mandatory in 2011 for the state governments to bear half of the total cost of the rail projects.
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The project will be executed by Kerala Rail Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL) with 51:49 equity between the state and Railways
Recently, officials submitted a revised estimate of Rs 2,815 crore to the Center
They are yet to receive an in principal nod from the authorities
When the rail line was proposed in 1996-97, to cater to the travel needs of Sabarimala pilgrims, the estimated expenditure of the project was around Rs 540 crore. Later the project estimate got revised to Rs 1,550 crore in 2011
The rail project with a length of 111 km passes through five municipalities- namely Pala, Thodupuzha, Muvattupuzha, Kothamangalam, Perumbavoor and Angamali, and 11 other small towns
With the realignment of the route from Anthinadu in Kottayam to Erumeli, the length of the 120-km proposed railway line has come down to 111 km
The pre-non interlocking works on the 7.5 km long Angamali-Kalady stretch has begun
The state has communicated to Railways that it is ready to share 50 per cent of the cost of the two-decade-old project State has only acquired 24.4 hectares of out of the total 470 hectares of land required for the project
Centre sanctioned Rs 213 crore for the Angamaly-Sabari railway line in the 2017-18 rail budget

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