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BLGA/Belagula (1 PFs)
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State: Karnataka

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Zone: SWR/South Western   Division: Mysuru (Mysore)

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Jul 20 2019 (21:19) Railway Line and Highways in Kodagu: High Court to hear PILs from Aug.20 (
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SWR/South Western

News Entry# 387171  Blog Entry# 4383433   
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Jul 20 2019 (21:19)
Station Tag: Thalassery/TLY added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Jul 20 2019 (21:19)
Station Tag: Belagula/BLGA added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Jul 20 2019 (21:19)
Station Tag: Mysuru Junction (Mysore)/MYS added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948
Madikeri: The Karnataka High Court will on Aug.20, hear the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) Petition against the proposed Railway lines that cuts through Kodagu and the expansion of Highways inside the district. The PIL (WP 17990/2018) was filed on 24.4.2018 by the then President of Coorg Wildlife Society Col. (retd.) C.P. Muthanna, who is also the Coordinator, Save Kodagu and Cauvery Campaign. 
Speaking to Star of Mysore this morning, Muthanna said that the PIL will come up before the Court on Aug.20 before a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka. The respondents in the petition are Secretary, Ministry of Forests, Environment and Ecology, Ministry of Railways, Chief Secretaries of Karnataka and Kerala and Principal Chief Conservators of Forests, Karnataka
and Kerala.
In his petition, Muthanna stated that the construction of two lines — one linking Thalassery in Kerala with Mysuru via Kodagu district and another linking Mysuru, Kushalnagar and Madikeri — will have disastrous consequences.
The petitioner contended that the said Railway line is also interconnected to Thalassery-Mysuru Railway Line project which shall connect and interconnect Karnataka and Kerala at the cost of severe damage to flora and fauna of Kodagu district. The Coorg Wildlife Society has prayed the Court not to permit any such projects, either in the name of tourism or for commercial purposes.
It may be recalled here that the petition had come up for hearing on July 25 last year where the State Government advocate had claimed that Karnataka is not taking up the projects. The advocate said that the PIL was premature as the Government has not taken up any such Railway projects nor it intends to do so. He argued that no decision or discussion has taken place between the Governments of Kerala and Karnataka on the Railway projects.
However, the advocate for the petitioner told the Court that there were several documents obtained through RTI to prove that the work on the Railway lines was on and Karnataka has in principle agreed for the same. Considering the documentary evidence from the petitioner’s side, the HC considered the same as ‘Cause of Action’ and had directed the Government’s advocate to produce documentary evidence to prove that Karnataka Govt. has not initiated any work on the projects.
Regarding another PIL filed by Coorg Wildlife Society against the State Government’s proposal to widen the Highway between Mysuru and Mangaluru via the green land in Kushalnagar, Suntikoppa, Madikeri and Sampaje, the Court ruled that for implementing any project like this, the Dept. concerned should mandatorily obtain clearance and sanctions from all necessary offices and Departments and also conduct a feasibility study of the project implementation. Both the PILs will come up for hearing on Aug.20.

1 Public Posts - Sat Jul 20, 2019

1 Public Posts - Sun Jul 21, 2019

Jul 21 2019 (19:07)
Saurabhdubey_86^~   26242 blog posts
Re# 4383433-3            Tags   Past Edits
In this particular case, destruction would be at much wider scale then that you are guessing.
Have a look on the route proposed and the topography of that region
Still, then also more than railways, major destruction is caused by insensitive tourists coming from other places using the rail network.
That's why said above , that railways is not to be blamed directly
for it but the touring public is.

Jul 21 2019 (19:33)
TheMadrasMail~   6349 blog posts
Re# 4383433-4            Tags   Past Edits
I agree that the problem is caused more by the tourists. I too think that the government should change the proposed route to avoid the main wild life areas. But I feel a railway is necessary to reduce the problems being caused by the road traffic.
Nothing is going to stop tourists from visiting the place. Within a span of 8 years, the number of tourists here, just from Bangalore alone, has increased many fold. And it's not going to reduce. More and more people are traveling here by cars, buses and tempo travelers.
whether or not the railway line is constructed, the tourist traffic will increase. In this context, the road vs rail argument should be addressed.
Consider the traffic through the Nagarhole national park. Everyday, there are hundreds of vehicles passing through this park by the highway. This causes a lot of disturbance to wildlife.
In the late 90's, there used to be little traffic in the region (Nagarhole, Bandipur and adjoining areas). Other than the wildlife centers, there used to be little to no human presence in the area. It was very common to see animals crossing the roads in the day time.
Now, there are roadside dhabas, settlements every few kilometers and for the most part, animals don't even dare to come near the roads in the day time. The human-animal conflict is also increasing now as animal movement is extremely restricted during the day time.
A railway line will help in reducing the road traffic, which is the main culprit in reducing forest cover ( More and more buildings are constructed beside the roads, leading to loss of forest cover) and causing harm to wildlife.
A single train running through the national park can replace hundreds of road vehicles. Instead of several hundred vehicles constantly passing through the forest, just two trains ( one in each direction) can do the job. This will have far lesser environmental impact (less disturbance to wildlife, lesser pollution) than the road traffic. Even in terms of goods traffic, a single goods trains can replace at least 50-60 lorries.
We cannot avoid tourists and freight traffic through this region. It will only increase. So, we just have to pick the option with the least impact possible, and a railway line will have extrmely small impact compared to roads and highways.

Jul 22 2019 (11:06)
Saurabhdubey_86^~   26242 blog posts
Re# 4383433-5            Tags   Past Edits
yes ,either way destruction is inevitable. sooner or later road and rail path sideways up to half km on either sides will get encroached by locals, what ever they opt for
so, lets see which way they want to move on.

Jul 22 2019 (18:42)
vikramamin   159 blog posts
Re# 4383433-6            Tags   Past Edits
I totally agree. If British had thought like this then Castle rock -- Vasco tracks would have not been laid. Comon why we are not moving ahead. In Karnataka hubli -- Ankola line and Kodagu line is pending from quite some time.

Jul 22 2019 (20:34)
Saurabhdubey_86^~   26242 blog posts
Re# 4383433-7            Tags   Past Edits
Yes, we need to move ahead but with a lot more caution and taking all aspects into account , not just the development aspect.
As times are more challenging than ever, when londa- Mao route was built forest cover in Karnataka was around 55% , today its less than 21%. Discipline was so tidy in British era that if one throw a garbage can on road were beaten by hunter, now a days throwing coca cola can on road is fashion st.
If an untoward climactic change occurs , local population would be
the first one to suffer
Jul 12 2019 (11:13) Mysuru-Kushalnagar, Alur-Belur railway lines get nod (
New Facilities/Technology
SWR/South Western

News Entry# 386540  Blog Entry# 4375823   
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Jul 12 2019 (11:13)
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Jul 12 2019 (11:13)
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Jul 12 2019 (11:13)
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Jul 12 2019 (11:13)
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Jul 12 2019 (11:13)
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The Union government has approved new rail lines between Mysuru (Belagola) and Kodagu, and Alur and Belur in Hassan district.
The Ministry of Railways has sanctioned Rs 1,855 crore for the 87-km new line between Belagola in Srirangapatna taluk of Mandya district, and Kushalnagar in Somwarpet of Kodagu district.The government has earmarked Rs 463 crore for new Alur-Belur railway line.
With this, Kodagu district will be getting the train connectivity and it will be beneficial for the people of Mysuru, Periyapatna, Bylakuppe and Kushalnagar.
it will also help in boosting tourism and the local economy.
The project was delayed as environmentalists were against it, expressing concern that the rail route passing through Kodagu district may have an adverse impact on the flora and fauna.
A survey had been conducted in 2011 for a rail route between Mysuru and Kushalnagar. But, the plan was dropped as it was considered to be not profitable. Now, the Railways has given an official nod and the works will commence soon.
Mar 11 2015 (21:30) PET for new BG line between Mysuru - Kushalnagar - Madikeri stations (
New Facilities/Technology
SWR/South Western
IR Press Release

News Entry# 216148   
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Conducting Preliminary Engineering- cum Traffic survey for the new Railway line between Mysuru - Kushalnagar - Madikere (110 Km.)
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Rail Budget
SWR/South Western

News Entry# 214838   
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Feb 28 2015 (9:49PM)
Station Tag: Mysore New Goods Terminal/MNGT added by Mysuru Express/961653

Feb 28 2015 (9:49PM)
Station Tag: Belagula/BLGA added by Mysuru Express/961653

Feb 28 2015 (9:49PM)
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Feb 28 2015 (9:49PM)
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Feb 28 2015 (9:49PM)
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Feb 28 2015 (9:49PM)
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Feb 28 2015 (9:49PM)
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Feb 28 2015 (9:49PM)
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The Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has presented his first Railway Budget. The budget differs from previous ones. It also does not take the populist route of announcing hundreds of new trains. It focusses on the vision Prabhu has for Indian Railways. It speaks of consolidation and implementing concrete steps to upgrade the existing infrastructure.
Emphasis is given to increasing train speed, track doubling and tripling, gauge conversion and electrification. Trainsets are proposed to be introduced in a few lines on an experimental basis. A trainset is a
set of 8-12 coaches with powercars at either end. They are fast in accelerating and breaking and no time is lost in the turnarounds.
Most ideas presented in the budget seem people-friendly, but at least one, namely, increasing the Advance Reservation Period from 60 days to 120 days, will not help the public. It is unrealistic in expecting the public to plan 4 months in advance and book tickets. This proposal will be a boon for touts. More significantly, it will pad Railways’ coffers since it will get to keep the money for an additional two months.
—N.S. Pradeep Kumar and S. Yogendra, MGP, Mysuru
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Feb 09 2014 (08:24) Expectations rise ahead of Railway Budget (
Commentary/Human Interest
SWR/South Western

News Entry# 167285   
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Feb 09 2014 (8:24AM)
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Feb 09 2014 (8:24AM)
Station Tag: Chikjajur Junction/JRU added by rdb**/69261
Augmentation of track capacity, introduction of new trains and increasing frequency of existing trains, apart from better passenger amenities, are the key expectations of the Mysore division in the forthcoming Railway Budget to be presented by the government on Wednesday.
But, since it will be a Vote-on-Account, stakeholders are keeping their fingers crossed as to how much of their demands will be met in the interim budget. An official of the South Western Railway told The Hindu that the Mysore division expected an allocation of nearly Rs. 30 crore for upgrading the Belagola railway station to a second terminal, to cater to Mysore’s growing requirements. “Since this is a sanctioned work and has been approved by the Railway Board, it is expected
to receive priority,” said the official.
The upgrading of Belagola station entails laying additional stabling lines as an immediate measure, which can be used to shunt the rakes of a few long-distance trains and thus decongest Mysore station. This will facilitate operating a few more trains from Mysore and augment its capacity. Mysore Yard has four stabling lines and six platforms, apart from three pit lines, and creating additional stabling lines at Belagola will shore up its capacity to handle additional traffic to cater to the future.
But, the long-term plans are to develop Belagola station into a full-fledged second railway terminal in view of the city’s projected growth and increase in rail traffic. Laying new stabling lines are the first step in this direction, the official added.
Extension of Bangalore–Mumbai Udayan Express up to Mysore, increasing the frequency of the weekly Mysore–HazrathNizamuddin Swarna Jayanthi Express to bi-weekly, to run the Mysore–Chennai Shatabdi Express on all seven days instead of six and introduction of another service between Mysore and Talguppa are other demands that are in the pipeline and may find a mention in the budget.
A bypass line at Chikjajur to eliminate the process of engine reversal of trains going towards Goa from Chitradurga; doubling of line between Chikjajur and Hubli on the Bangalore-Hubli section, which is a high-density and saturated section; and funds for works on Sakleshpur–Chikmagalur section and for the new line between Bangalore and Chamarajanagar via Malavalli are other projects that need budgetary approval.
The official said works on the new line between Bangalore–Chamarajanagar would be launched this month and hence budgetary allocation could be expected.
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