Hubballi: If all goes as per plan, the Karatagi-Sindhanur section of the Ginigera-Raichur New line may commission by March 2023, and affirmation of this the South Western Railway General Manager Sanjeev Kishore himself reviewed the progress of the work of Ginigera – Raichur (165 Km) New line Project. He directed the Chief Engineer Shri Mahesh Dekate to ensure to complete the targeted work well on time.
Kishore visited and inspected the Karatagi–Sindhanur (18 Km) section on Thursday, which is targeted for commissioning by March 2023. He also reviewed the progress of the development of the goods shed at Karatagi. He interacted with the contractors of the project and instructed them to maintain the highest standards and proper quality regarding the infrastructure being created. This new line project was sanctioned in 2007- 2008 as a cost-sharing project (50:50) with the Government of Karnataka, the estimate of this new line project is Rs.26.00 Cr.
The new line will enhance connectivity to Kalyana Karnataka region and reduce the distance between Koppal/Hosapete to Hyderabad. The Gangavati region is known as ‘rice bowl’ of Karnataka – the railway line connectivity will give a boost to the transport of rice, benefitting the farmers and Agri–producers of the region.
A total 66 km has been commissioned already till date of this New line project, Ginigera – Chikkabenakal (27km) was commissioned in 2017, Chikkabenakal – Gangavathi (13km) commissioned in 2019, Gangavathi – Karatagi (26 km) commissioned in 2020.
Harsh Khare, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubballi and Mahesh Delate, Chief Engineer were present during the inspection.