Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who was in Bengaluru on Sunday seeking collaboration to build rail and road connectivity in his state, had to return empty-handed as the Karnataka government rejected his proposals.
After a bilateral discussion with Vijayan, held within the framework of the Southern Regional Council meeting, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai said, “The Government of Kerala has requested cooperation for its various railway projects including the Kanhangad-Kaniyur railway line, and highway projects. . The proposed Kanhangad-Kaniyur railway line project has a route of 40 km in Kerala and 31 km in Karnataka. However, this project is not very beneficial for Karnataka.
“In addition, it will pass through the biodiversity-rich and environmentally sensitive areas of the Western Ghats. Thus, the CM of Kerala has been clearly advised that it is not possible for the State of Karnataka to extend extensive cooperation to this project,” added the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Bommai said that Vijayan also brought up the old Thalassery-Mysuru railway line project and was strictly advised that it is not possible to allow the same as the proposed railway route will cross Bandipur, Nagarhole and National Parks. will cause great damage to the flora and fauna there. The Chief Minister of Kerala had proposed the construction of an underground railway which was also rejected outright due to the environmental damage during the construction phase.
Further, Vijayan has proposed to increase the number of buses operated via the Bandipur trunk road at night from two to four. This proposal was also rejected, Bommai said.