GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Railways
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2584
TO BE ANSWERED ON 11.12.2009
High Speed Southern Rail Corridor
2584. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that the Government of Karnataka has requested that a high speed southern rail corridor between Chennai- Mumbai via Bengalooru and Hubli with an additional link between Bengalooru and Mysore, be planned; and
(b) if so, the action taken/proposed to be taken by her Ministry on the proposal?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
( SHRI E. AHAMED )
(a)&(b): A Statement is attached.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) AND (b) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION N0.2584 BY SHRl RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR TO BE ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 11.l2.2009 REGARDING HIGH SPEED SOUTHERN RAIL CORRIDOR
(a): Yes, Sir.
(b): Among the SIX corridors that have been identified by the Ministry of Railways for carrying out the pre-feasibility studies for High Speed corridor, one corridor viz. Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Ernakulam passes through the State of Karnataka. For the identified corridors, the policy of the Ministry of Railways is that the cost of pre-feasibility studies shall be shared equally between the Ministry of Railways and the concerned State Governments, For all other corridors, the Ministry of Railway's policy is that the concerned State Governments shall bear 80% of the cost of the pre-feasibility studies and the balance cost by Ministry of Railways. Ministry of Railways are therefore willing to bear 20% cost of the pre¬feasibility study for the Bangalore-Hubli-Mumbai corridor and the same has been communicated to the Government of Karnataka. Since State Government of Karntaka has not responded, no further action could be taken.