To keep pace with the rapidly developing industries in and around Nanjangud and Chamarajanagar, Member of Parliament, Mysuru, Shri Pratap Simha has put forth a slew of proposals in his letter for consideration and their implementation at the SWR‘s 23rd Zonal Railway Users’ Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) meeting, which was held in Hubballi on September 12, 2023 to develop railway infrastructure at Chamarajanagar.
The proposals aimed at enhancing the passenger services and augmenting the infrastructure capacity in the Mysuru region. The MP urged railway officials to swiftly draft an action plan for the implementation of these initiatives.
Proposals pertaining to Railway Infrastructure at Chamarajanagar
Following are the Proposals-
Developing a Crossing Line at Kavalande/KVE Halt Railway Station
MP Pratap Simha stressed that the development of a crossing line at Kavalande Halt Railway Station is crucial to efficient & enhanced train operations between Nanjangud and Chamarajanagar.
Currently, a single-block section connecting Nanjangud and Chamarajanagar is affecting the introduction of new services and longer travel times between stations. To address this issue, the MP has proposed upgrading Kavalande Halt Station to a Crossing station, complete with a loop line (Crossing line). In simpler terms, this upgrade aims to divide the existing single-block section between Nanjangud/NTW and Chamarajanagar/CMNR.
Developing Stabling Lines and Coach Watering Facilities at Chamarajanagar Railway Station (CMNR)
In another proposal, MP Pratap Simha emphasized the need to develop additional stabling lines and coach watering facilities as prerequisites for effective maintenance of existing trains and the introducion of new trains from Chamarajanagar.
Additionally, he pointed out the availability of sufficient vacant land within Chamarajanagar railway station for these facilities. MP drew attention to the rapid industrialization of the Mysuru-Kadakola-Chamarajanagar region, which has been attracting significant investments in recent times. He advised railway officials to prepare an immediate action plan and implement it in response to this growing development in the region.
Proposals a step in the right direction
It is noteworthy to mention that the newly created KIADB Badanaguppe-Kellamballi Industrial estate has attracted investments worth over Rs. 3000 to date.
Here is a compilation of a few Industrial Projects Underway-
The new industrial estate is expected to create approximately 10,000 direct and indirect jobs. This will bring in a large number of people to Chamarajanagar, which will increase the demand for transportation services.
Secondary maintenance facilities at Chamarajanagar and the crossing station between Nanjangud and Chamarajanagar section are the two main challenges that need to be addressed. These constraints are throttling the augmentation of train services towards Chamarajanagar.
In this regard, the MP’s proposals to develop railway infrastructure at Chamarajanagar are timely and significant.
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