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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Shipping
RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1980 ANSWERED ON MARCH 14, 2013
QUESTION Road and Rail Connectivity with Mangalore in Karnataka
1980. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of SHIPPING be pleased to state;
(a) Whether it is a fact that the R.R. Shah Committee has recommended minimum four lane road connectivity and double-line rail connectivity with major ports as an integral part of port infrastructure in the country;
(b) If so, the action that Government has taken or proposes to take on this recommendation; and
(c) The present status of road and rail connectivity with Mangalore Port in Karnataka?
ANSWER MINISTER OF SHIPPING (SHRI G. K. VASAN)
(a) & (b): Yes Sir. The Committee of Secretaries which was set up in the year 2006 for giving a recommendations on Rail/Road connectivity to Major ports had recommended that each Major port should have four lane road connectivity and double line rail connectivity. Based on the report, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been taking up Road projects through special purpose vehicles (SPVs)/ Companies of NHAI. Major ports are also joining hands with Railways and National Highways by forming SPVs for construction of Rail and Road links.
(c): In so far as New Mangalore Port is concerned, the work on Road connectivity for 4 Ianing of NH 66 (Surathkal - Nantur Section), Nantur to Padil (By Pass) along NH-169 and Padil to B C Road along NH 73 (Padil Bantwal Section) with 37 kms length has been completed during December, 2012. The balance work of road over bridge is to be completed by April, 2013. Similarly the work on Rail connectivity for gauge conversion of Arasikere-Hassan-Mangalore Rail link with 183 kms length has been completed and commissioned during May 2006.