Karnataka High Court has accorded Green signal for the much awaited Hubballi Ankola Railway Line project. All the hurdles for the project have now been nullified.
The Honourable High Court has dismissed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by some organizations. The new railway line is expected to improve connectivity and boost economic activities in the Uttara Kannada district.
The PIL was submitted based on 3 factors to cancel the Hubballi Ankola Railway line. However, the High Court of Karnataka dismissed the points in the PIL. The points and the reply by the High Court are as follows.
Point number 1) The petitioners claimed that the State Wildlife Board meeting that approved the project was illegal. Reply: The high court has refused to accept the same.
Point number 2) The railway line passes through the Kali Tiger Reserve. Reply: Members of the Railway Seva Samithi have proved that the line doesn’t pass through the Kali Tiger Reserve.
Point number 3) The plea also suggested that the Hubballi Ankola Railway line passes through an Eco-sensitive zone. Reply: The railway line passes 14km away from the Eco-sensitive zone.
South Western Railways (SWR) has filed an affidavit, stating that a mitigation plan will be worked out and a fresh proposal will be submitted as per the directions of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL).
Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee performed Bhoomi Pooja for the Construction of the Hubballi Ankola Railway Line in 2002. However, the project was delayed due to opposition from environmentalists.