Karnataka gets Rs 3,353 crore in Rail budget

Hubballi: Karnataka has got a budget outlay of Rs 3,353 crore in this year’s Rail budget. The doubling of the Baiyyappanahalli-Hosur and Yeswanthpur-Channasandra railway lines have been sanctioned, apart from electrification of the 989km line worth Rs 919 crore.
Giving details of the budgetary allocations here on February 6, South Western Railway general manager AK Gupta said the Bengaluru suburban Rail will help reduce congestion and save commuting time of passengers.
“The doubling of the 48-km Baiyyappanahalli-Hosur line will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 375.7 crore while 21.7km Yeswanthpur-Channasandra line will be done at a cost of Rs 169.7 crore. The 41.5km doubling of Penukonda-Dharmavaram line will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 294.7 crore. We had made the proposals which have now been approved,” he added.
The GM said 252km of new lines have been completed. The doubling of 277-km route and 665-km line electrification has been completed. Installation of bio-toilets in coaches will be completed this year. “We have already introduced 88 new trains including Hamsafar and trains with modern LHB coaches. All unmanned LC gates have been eliminated,” he said.

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