The work of the direct railway line between Tumkur and Davanagere reducing the distance between Bengaluru and Hubballi has gained some momentum.
South Western Railway (SWR) has informed that the Construction of Minor bridges, Road Over Bridges, Blanketing and Earthworks is in progress between Urakere and Thimmarajanahalli stations.
Land acquisition: According to an RTI, the Karnataka government has handed over 681.86 acres of land against the required 2470 acres. The districtwise breakup of the land acquired is as follows.
Tumkur: Land required: 982.11 acres, Acquired: 472.85 acres, Distance: 58.65km, Chitradurga: Land required: 1250.92 acres, Acquired: 0, Distance: 102.39 km. Davanagere: Land required: 237 acres, Acquired: 209 acres, Distance: 20.6 km.
Both the Railway department and the Karnataka government are sharing the cost of the project on a 50:50 basis. Around 2470 acres of land will be acquired to execute the project.
The total distance of the new railway line will be around 201.47km. Following railway stations will be constructed en route for the benefit of railway users.
Davanagere (existing), Avargere, Tolahunase, Anagodu, Hebbalu, Bharamasagara, Laxmisagar, Chitradurga, Doddasiddanvvanahalli, Palavvanahalli, Ayamangala, Metakurike, and Hiriyur.
Continued: Anesidri, Tavarekere, Sira, Chikkanhalli, Jogihalli, Thimmarajanahalli, Urakere, and finally it reaches Tumkur. The project will be executed at a cost of ₹1800 crores.
Initially, the line will be constructed with an MPS of 100 Kmph. The new line will reduce the distance as well as travel time between Bengaluru and Hubballi Dharwad.