GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Railways

 RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1977
ANSWERED ON JULY 25, 2014

 QUESTION
Railway Projects in Karnataka Under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP)

1977. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:

Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state;

(a)   the details and the modalities of the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model, under which railway projects would be taken up in Karnataka, as announced in the Railway Budget 2010;

(b)   whether the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has cleared the proposed railway link between Talaguppa and Honnavar in Uttara Kannada that passes through dense forests; and

(c)    if so, the details thereof?

 ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)

(a) to (c): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (c) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1977 BY SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR TO BE ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 25.07.2014 REGARDING RAILWAY PROJECTS IN KARNATAKA UNDER PPP.

(a): With a view to attract private investment in railway sector, Ministry of Railways announced its policy in December 2012, which provides following five participative models:

(i)     Non Government Railway (NGR) model
(ii)   Joint Venture (JV) model
(iii) Built Operate Transfer (BOT) model
(iv)  Capacity augmentation with funding provided by customers model
(v)    Capacity augmentation through annuity model

No project of Karnataka as announced in Rail Budget 2010 is being implemented through Public Private Partnership (PPP) route. However, the following projects of Karnataka as announced in Rail Budget 2010 are being implemented with cost-sharing of 50% with State Government:

1)      Shimoga - Harihar
2)      Whitefield - Kolar
3)      Tumkur- Davangere

(b): New line between Talaguppa and Honnavar is not a sanctioned railway project. Therefore, no proposal has been sent by Ministry of Railways to Ministry of Environment & Forests in this regard.

(c): Does not arise.