High speed rail link from Bangalore to Mangalore and other cities proposed


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Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

Bangalore, Apr 24: High Speed Rail Link from Karnataka’s capital city of Bangalore to other important cities in the State like Mangalore, Mysore, Tukur, Kolar, Hubli and Belgaum to ensure better connectivity and decongest Bangalore is one of the key features of the proposed new infrastructure policy 2014, which is being finalised.
 
Speaking to reporters in Bangalore on Thursday, Infrastructure and Information Minister Roshan Baig said the new infrastructure policy was aimed at attracting mega investments for implementing high speed rail links from Bangalore to other cities in the State, including Mangalore.

The State government has decided to bring out an Infrastructure Policy 2014 to attract investment in the infrastructure sector, particularly in rail, road and entertainment sectors, he said.

Baig said the new policy would be launched in the next two months.

The policy would be formulated after consultations with stakeholders and trade and industry bodies.

A convention centre would be set up near the Kempe Gowda International Airport with an investment of Rs 500 crore.

An Australian firm has shown interest to take up the project.

A total of 419 acres of land adjacent to the International Airport is available to development of a sport city and other entertainment centres.
  
The long-pending proposal for setting up of the film city in the State would be expedited.

He said the proposed film city project would be set up in 300 acres at Hesaraghatta, in the outskirts of the city.

 

Govt to acquire 84 acres for expanding Mysore Airport

As part of the plans to exploit the heritage of Karnataka’s cultural capital of Mysore and its immense tourism potential, the State government has decided to expand the Mysore Airport by acquiring 84 acres of additional land.

Infrastructure and Information Minister Roshan Baig told reporters that the government has asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to realign the existing road to enable the government to acquire the land.

The Airport Authority of India, which has reserved funds for expansion of the airport has made it clear to the government that it will not take up works to expand the airport until Mysore-Nanjangud stretch is realigned.

Though the existing airport in Mysore was not economically viable, it was decided to expand the airport taking into consideration future growth of the city and flow of tourists.

Baig said he would visit Delhi on April 29 for holding talks with the GMR Group and request them to withdraw their objection to operation of facilities available at Bidar airport.

''I will try to convince them to lift their objections against operation of facilities available at Bidar airport,” he said.

The GMR Group had objected to the operation of facilities at Bidar airport citing distance factor from Hyderabad Airport, he said.

The government was ready to hand over maintenance and operation of Bidar Civilian Airport facilities to the GMR Group, which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad.

The minister said he would meet officials of the Civil Aviation Department, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Defence Ministry and discuss various issues with regard to improving air connectivity across the state.

Work on the terminal building at Bidar airport had been completed and the government had obtained the clearances from the Civil Aviation Department and the Defence Ministry.

The Minister said the Gulbarga airport would become operational soon as the differences amongst the partners of the joint venture company Regional Airport Holdings International (Rahi) and IL&FS, had been solved.

''IL&FS has agreed to complete the project,” he said.

Rahi was granted the lead role to develop, finance and build the Gulbarga airport through a government order on February 18, 2010.

Comment on this article

  • Mohammad Bakhsh, Kota Rajasthan

    Fri, May 2 2014

    I agree with commentators regarding altitude difference between Bangalore and Mangalore. Environment clearance is also must before taking up the project.Let us hope the project may not get embroiled.
    The esteemed readers or contributors should abstain from speculation and trace motive for every initiative by the government.Instead ,such a move should be welcomed.

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  • Sunil D'Souza, Mangalore / Mumbai

    Sun, Apr 27 2014

    Hi Speed !!! Extremely difficult task the altitude difference between Mangalore and Bangalore is 900m and there is a heavy terrain in between spanning more than 900m some places.....in this case I guess some parts of prestine Western Ghats will have to be dug up and disturbed......are the environmentalist O.K if this the fact.

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  • Lobo, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Two months ago, I remember seeing Roshan Baig sitting in the business class of a flight to Dubai, sipping whisky on the rocks, openly.

    While the frequent visits to Dubai and Singapore of our ministers is never investigated by the media, I wonder if, someone abroad suggested this mega new idea.

    Well, after his past business with Telgi, he now really needs to do a much bigger project!

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  • Mallikarjuna , Belgaum

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Mr.Baig I beg you to introduce High Speed Rail from Bangalore To Khanapur (Belgaum) which is the native place of Kareem Telagi because Telagi's friends & Relatives have to frequently travel from Khanapur to Bangalore to meet your friend Kareem in Jail for many more years to come.

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  • ravi, israel

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    please understand.... high-speed rail means LHB coaches which are manufactured in India itself. Coaches similar to rajadhani express. rajadhani express runs between udupi to bydoor at speed of 140 kmph because line is straight, and these coaches capable to rum maximum speed of 200 kmph. this speed is enough to compete Volvo buses. what the Karnataka government has to do is complete hasana Bangalore line and build new lines in ghat section,

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  • Dr Prakash Harischandra, Surathkal

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Rail budpunakleg rail da suddi kenkolaklega edde... Budle rail yer kenuna!!!! aavu rail bakka last stop kannura kasargodaa encha ..!!! budnakleg gotthu

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Yeddyurappa's Mangalore to Udupi Mono Rail landed in Jail. Now in Tumkur M.P. Seat fail.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Corrected Message:


    Now in Shimogga M.P. Seat fail.

    (Before: Now in Tumkur M.P. Seat fail).

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  • Af, mangalore

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Dont worry modi anewala hai bullet train lekar.

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  • Prashanth, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Got some chance to opportunistic organizations to show some protest and collect the ransom from the corporates in the name of farmers and the environment

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  • kodialda muthu, mangalore

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Joke of the day! High speed rail link between Bangalore and Mangalore! I wonder how this is possible, as of now the train speed is 30 Km/hr between Sakleshpur and Subrahmanya, with the engine off. Better ask Commissionar of safety railways, whether we can give clearance on this.

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  • paddu, mangalore

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    But the rail will run via Kerala

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  • vishwa nayak, mangalore\usa

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Do you know the coast of bullet train tickets. It will not be less than Rs 5,000 between mangalore bangalore. Which is not viable for common man. Instead I would suggest having the rails which will run at the speed of 180 Km/hour. for this track, brdige every thing need to be strengthened. Currntly such rail is running between Mumbai and surath. this is cost effective. We will reach bangalore- managlore at least in 3 hours.

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  • Aadil Khan, Kasaragod/Saudi Arabia

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    We need bullet trains, non-stop, between Mangalore and Bangalore that would complete the one way journey in 90 minutes. Helpful for for passengers from Udupi to Kasaragod.

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  • G M Hegde, Udupi

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    When the govt has no money and dynamism, the best thing to do is to take the public for a ride..show them a dream and leave them to dream for a long long time. In UP too, in order to distract the country from the communal riots, the secular govt took the public on a dream ride of a Gold Rush through a swami who claimed to unearth millions of kilograms of gold below the earth, and they were successful too, the media and public went behind the gold and forgot about the communal riots..

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  • BS Naik, Puttur/Hyd

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    'Oriyadori Asal' rail biduvudaralli. Nothing happens either bjp, congress or jds. All are masters in ullu banaving. This rail proposal will derail immediately after the election result.

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  • ruchir agarwal, mangalore

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    No need for a high speed rail link. Let the frequency and facilities in the present rail link improve.Rail safety also is v imp.

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  • Ramadas Acharya, Udupi/Pune

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    All the Ministers promise many things before elections and forget everything afterwards.Very important rail links between Bangalore to Mangalore,Pune and Mumbai is totally neglected for many decades now.

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  • Shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Roshan Baig (famous for his involved and subsequent cover-up of the mega Abdul Karim Telgi-scam, worth 10 Billion!) is now a side-kick of 'socialist' CM who is recognized for his mere announcements!

    I wish everyone realized that all this talk is about a mere policy and absolutely not of any real project!

    Instead acting responsible and giving the helpless people from South Kanara a proper, safe, world class, 2-lane highway to Bangalore, we have had multiple ministers in the center and state promising everything from bullet trains to high-speed trains to 6-lane freeways, while the potholes and craters in NH48 continue forever!

    What is really tragic is that the current cabinet minister in Delhi for transport and highways is also from south kanara and has the unique reputation of not having done an iota of work for either the state or the district.

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  • Ganesh, Udupi

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Swamy, When will NH66 from Mangalore to Kundapur will be completed, lets complete this small project before starting the new one.

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  • abdulla, india

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    set up elevated trains monorails : trams : cable cars: Long haul cargo trains : shuttles : hover crafts:
    Bullet trains ..all state of art ...

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  • Ajith, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    High Speedla Ijji,Low speedla Ijji.Mokulu yepala budpini Raile.

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  • Rajesh Gonsalves, Mangalore / Dubai

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Roshan Baig's Rail without tracks.

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  • abdulla, india

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Invite some British/European Master planners like WSATKINS- Parsons.
    Need master plan and mega plan and not just riff raff haphazard declaration of few projects.
    Plan the towns ....cities..simulate on computers ..draw proper plans .design.. plan every zone..activity..ex: CBD (CENTRAL BUSINESS DEVELOPT AREA)
    with vertical high rise towers.
    -Rural planning..city planning..satellite cities..
    connectivity by air ..by road by water...All heavy traffic..trucks ..cargo should have separate roads out side the cities ..Interstates.. .
    lay down Heavy cargo trains long haul..
    connect all satellite towns and cities by trains &MRT =mass rapid transport.
    build clean:Expressways: high ways: city roads good roads ..high ways...bi-lanes with STOP signs...
    all top class ..best quality for another 200 years..
    just like in USA-DUBAI-SINGAPORE-GERMANY..complete roads.
    Bring in consultants ..Architects ..Urban planning architects.
    plan and programme every activity on computer check and design-draw.

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  • Mohandas Kapikad, Mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Existing train itself takes round about way to Bengaluru. So when this train may come true ? Perhaps when his grandson become Rail Minister.

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  • Louis Mendonca, Mudarangadi

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    It will named as ROSHAN BEIG EXPRESS

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    shameless siddu and co. are not able to set right roads in bangalore.

    traffic congestion is horrible and detiriorating day by day.

    siddu and co. are doing nothing .

    all are visiting vidhana soudha and thinking about speed rail which is not at all required .

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  • naveen, udupi

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    onji malla rail budiye....

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  • Abhishek Padival Jain, Sullia/Bangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Railway comes under Central govt. So, who will care for your State govt proposal of high speed rail within Karnataka if the Railway Minister is from other state. Since last 60 years we have been seeing how Railway Ministers from other States have grossly neglected Karnataka.

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  • Ravi B Shenava, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    First, acquire land in Kunigal from Mallya's Stud Farm to complete Bangalore Hassan Shortest route which will reduce journey period from Bangalore to Mangalore by three Hours. After that you can think of high speed rail.

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  • Santhosh Dsouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    First road repairy malpule. Bokka rail budle.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Only Congress can talk about HONEST DEVELOPMENT...

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 25 2014

    Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai when congress talks about development forget people even dumb animals of pillikula zoo starts laughing.

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  • Wilfred Fernandes, Vamadapadavu/Dubai

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    If there is political will, we will have Railway otherwise only survey.

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  • alwyn, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    First let them re start flights from mangalore to Kuwait

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  • John Tauro, M'lore / Kwt

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    High speed rail link to Mangalore, Mysore and Belgaum? Highly unbelievable! To me this announcement itself is “Malla Rail.” Now we won’t be surprised if connectivity is made to Kozhikode, Kochi and Tiruvananthapuram instead as it happened in case of B’lore – Kannur instead of Karwar.

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Roshan saiber yeth fast rail budpera ,aath bega suit case arena illag battudu yettundu......
    Yerna ind kenvara? avu betheklna att...bassdaklena.......
    Bokka aapinala ijji...popinala ijji.....Rail budonde ippuna.

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  • rajesh shetty, mlore shj

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    First please make a permanent solution to shiradi ghat problem. I know congis are expert in leaving express trains. If needed they will wear thilak also if needed will wear topi Also. Finally pass the topi to people's head.

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  • Mann, bangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Welcome news as it will help to de-congest Bangalore. I hope it is not weekly service..
    I'll only congratulate Mr. R. Baig when the work commences on that and hope it will end before I am still around. I will cherish the ride from Ban\Mangalore in high-speed train lasting 48 hours!!!

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  • Rohan , Bangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Whether the policy proposed is real or not The need of the hour for Karnataka is for a better rail network. cannot loose innocent lives on road accidents like this. More tracks should be laid and existing tracks should be utilized better. its already known to us the tracks in the state are under utilized. number of road accidents are increasing every day because of the dependency on road transport in karnataka.

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  • Sam, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    We don't want any proposals.... we want work to be completed asap.

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  • Santhosh, mangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Since its high speed rail it wont be visible to commuters. Only ministers can see it. Common guys..... Wait long long. First increase the frequency between Bangalore and Mangalore slow speed train then talk about high speed train

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  • Cyril Dsouza, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Please do not only propose make it a reality otherwise people will shun u out in the next elections

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  • TONY, Shirva

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Now many will became rich in this project...Thanks to Dongi Congis

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Roshan Baig is a known smooth operator & has been charged in corruption cases. Its amusing to see him discussing projects of INR 500 & 5000 Crores. But alas! only 5% of this would be spent towards project with the rest going to Baig & cronies kitty. He has already enlisted Australian, German & Italian firms without any kind of Project RFA towards said projects...All of us know these are benami with complete monies going to Congress, courtesy highly corrupt Baig who is itching to start all big projects! Sad state of affairs

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    people usually move from villages and smaller cities to bigger cities like Bangalore. I do not understand how high speed Rails to Bangalore from smaller cities is going to decongest Bangalore. in fact it will work the opposite. To decongest Bangalore the Industies have to be moved to tier two cities. we can have IT industry to develop in many Tier two cities in Karnataka. Bangalore Consists of major Garment exporting Companies located in Bommanahalli and Peenya. Garment Industries are now coming up in Shimoga and Hassan which is a good sign. Government has to give a major thrust into such initiatives and not make development Bangalore Centric.

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  • Bipin Kanchan, Boloor

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    I feel the minister of infrastructure should concentrate to have more rail track on mangalore route,they should plan to have metro or mono rail from mangalore to Dharmsthala,subramanian and ring rail route through mono rail.Mumbia mono rail has shown how useful of transportation,this can be connected upto mandagoan.The inner area of mangalore can be developed through good network of railway.This will have the option of the passenger either bus or rail.I request all ministers should develop the mangalore with world class.

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  • Naveen D'Sa, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    ALL LIES BY ALL TIME LIERS.

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  • sayed, udupi

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    iddu high raile kanoo

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  • Arun, Land Links Konchady Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Roshan beigna baari malla rail

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Santhosh Lad already built METRO RAIL in Mangalore and Hubli. Inauguration after election results.

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  • India First, India

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    No ullu banaoing !!!

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Thu, Apr 24 2014

    Indian traffic congestion and high death rate due to road accident is getting out of hand. High speed trains connecting the cities in the same State can save time and life, also plenty of money in the long run.

    If the roads are not widened with the added number of automobiles, that will be the worst situation.

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