Will the new Railway Minister make Namma Railu a reality?
It is to Karnataka State's good fortune that once again it has landed with the Railway Ministry post. The Bangalore North MP, Shri. D. V. Sadanand Gowda has been given the charge of Railway Ministry in the new government. On behalf of Praja, I would like to congratulate the new government and Shri. Sadanand Gowda. We wish them very best.
Though the laundry list for Railways in Karnataka is very long, the pending Suburban Rail project is one project that, we at Praja would be taking up very strongly with the Mr. Gowda. A lot of ground has been covered since the campaign for it was started in 2010 and more recently GOK gave its in-principle approval in 2013. The current status is that it is pending with Railway Board for their concurrence and approval for 50-50 partnership. We do hope that Mr. Gowda would lend all his support for this project and see that Namma Railu starts chugging ASAP.
It is very heartening to note that post Mr. Sadanand Gowda's appointment as Railway Minister, there has been very wide publicity in news papers with a wish list in which Namma Railu project is being given the highest prominence.
Courtesy - The Hindu
"...People expect Mr. Gowda, who represents Bangalore North and hails from Dakshina Kannada, to balance the interests and demands of all the regions in the State, including the demands to provide suburban railway system for Bangalore, creation of Mangalore division and merging it with Konkan Railway, and construction of additional branch lines to connect Karnataka with the rest of the country as presently only a few trunk lines — Bangalore–Guntakal, Bangalore–Hubli and Bangalore–Jolarpettai — are functional..."
Courtesy - The New Indian Express
"...As for Karnataka, Mandoth listed out the projects to be executed without any delay. They are, Suburban rail system for Bangalore, CCompletion of Bangalore-Hassan line, Double Bangalore-Mysore track..."
Though the ball is in Railways court, the equal responsibility lies on GOK's shoulders too.
Now the million dollar question is, would Mr. Gowda would rise to the occassion and make Namma Railu a reality? Or he will also succumbed to the state and central politics like his predecessor Mr. Kharge.