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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Railways
DEPARTMENT OF RAILWAYS
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3178
TO BE ANSWERED ON 31.07.2009
Development of High Speed Southern Rail Corridor.
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government of Karnataka has requested the Railways for the development of high speed southern rail corridor between Chennai and Mumbai via Bangalore and Hubli; and(b) if so, the action taken / proposed to be taken in the matter?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (SHRI E. AHAMED)
(a)&(b): Yes, Sir. Government of Karnataka had requested for undertaking pre-feasibility study of Chennai-Bangalore-Hubli-Mumbai corridor. Ministry of Railways have, however, agreed for undertaking pre-feasibility study on Chennai-Bangalore corridor on a 50:50 cost sharing basis. Government of Karnataka have been advised that for Bangalore – Hubli-Mumbai corridor, State Government may indicate its willingness to bear 80% of the cost of the pre-feasibility study. The response of Government of Karnataka is still awaited.