Railway: Kanakapura – Salem New Line: Government to build the longest railway tunnel in the state

Bangalore: Minister for Housing and Infrastructure V. Somanna said.

Talking to reporters at Vidhana Soudha on Friday, he said, ‘This route connecting Salem via Kanakapura – Malavalli – Kollegala – Yalandur – Erode will not harm the forest as there will be more hilly areas. 9 km without harming the existing traffic. m. A long tunnel has to be constructed. With the implementation of this project, the travel distance on this route is 67 km. m. It is estimated that it will decrease’ he said.

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22 km in Nagarhole protected forest area under the project to connect Kerala’s Tallicherry to Chamaraja Nagar. m. At the same time, he made it clear that Kerala’s request for a long tunnel will not be accepted.

60 to 70 km from the tunnel construction in Nagarhole Sanctuary. m. Although Kerala’s argument that the gap will decrease is acceptable, if this protected forest is lost, it will be impossible to recultivate it. If permission is given, the forest area and wildlife will be threatened,’ said Somanna.

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The state government has decided not to grant permission for the ‘Huli Aranya’ project within the Male Mahadeshwar forest area. If this project is approved, many restrictions will be enforced and it will be difficult for the devotees to come and go to the hill,’ said Somanna, who is also the minister in charge of Chamaraja Nagar district.

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Lorry traffic is prohibited in Male Mahadeshwar hill area. This ban has been imposed due to the increasing number of accidents due to the traffic of heavy lorries on the Palar Road in Tamil Nadu,’ he said.

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