Joshi makes a strong case for the Hubballi-Ankola rail line


A seven-member central committee formed by the National Wildlife Council holds a stakeholder consultation meeting in Hubballi

A seven-member central committee formed by the National Wildlife Council holds a stakeholder consultation meeting in Hubballi

A seven-member central committee formed by the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) convened a stakeholder consultation meeting on the proposed Hubballi-Ankola railway line in Hubballi on Thursday to hear and record submissions from various stakeholders, including individuals and organizations.

The core team, led by the Deputy Inspector General of Forests (DIGF) of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Rakesh Kumar Jagenia, included Rajendra Kumar, TN Manohar, Sukumar, HS Singh, GV Gopi and Nagesh Iyer.

The team reached Dharwad district after a two-day visit to Uttara Kannada.

Attending the stakeholder consultation meeting, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Pralhad Joshi, strongly defended the Hubballi-Ankola railway line project and said it would pave the way to the development of the region.

He said the railway project will help import and export business from the ports of Goa, Karwar and Mangaluru. The railway line will also reduce transportation costs and help the country’s largest naval base, Seabird, he said.

Mr. Joshi pointed out that the logistics cost in the country is high compared to other countries. Emphasizing that the conservation of forest and wildlife wealth is important, he pointed out that the sensitive area of ​​Western Ghat is outside the scope of the railway project.

He said that in a country with the second highest population in the world, several development works are needed to promote industrial development and create jobs and stressed the need for the railway project.

Deputy Commissioner Gurudatta Hegde said 20 memoranda have been received by the district administration and they have been forwarded to the central committee for consideration.

Minimal impact

Appearing before the central committee, former Chairman of CII Hubballi-Dharwad and Treasurer of Hubballi Dharwad Development Forum VSV Prasad said that the level of pollution and its effect on the environment will be minimal as transporting goods by train is cheaper and given the use of electric locomotives now, there is also no requirement for diesel.

Mr Prasad, who is also the president of Nature Club, said in his memoir that 4,000 tonnes of cargo can be transported on a rake without any diesel while the same amount, if moved by road, requires 200 trucks with an average consumption of 35,000 litres. of diesel. “After the project is completed, 40 rakes can be moved on this line per day, saving 14 lakh liters of diesel per day,” he said.

Besides industrial development, tourism in the coastal region will greatly benefit from the project. Any further delays in the project will only increase costs, he said.

Bharat from Exel Food Pvt. ltd. said the railway route will benefit the export of agricultural products to Europe and the United States.

Vasant Ladwa of the Karnatak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) said the railway project will contribute to the growth of trade and commerce in the region in addition to promoting tourism.

Anilkumar Jain, Suresh Navalgund, Anand Pujari, Shrawani Pawar, Rai Naik, Sudhakar Shetty, Jagadish Hiremath, Vijay Sehgal, and other members of the Hubballi Bar Association Board made their submissions.

Gaurav Gupta, Managing Director of Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Karnataka) Ltd. (K-RIDE), General Manager of South Western Railway Sanjeev Kishore and other officials were present.


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