Feasibility Study to Propel 160 km/h Belagavi Kolhapur Rail Link Project, Aiming to Bridge Connectivity Gap in Belagavi District
In a significant move, the Ministry of Railways has granted approval for a Preliminary Engineering cum Traffic (PET) survey for a new broad gauge railway line connecting Belagavi and Kolhapur. This survey for Belagavi Kolhapur Rail Link is a crucial step in the Dharwad-Kolhapur rail project, aiming to enhance connectivity and meet the rising demand for railway services in the Belagavi district.
The survey, expected to conclude within six months, will focus on assessing the feasibility of constructing a high-speed railway line capable of facilitating trains to run at a speed of 160 km per hour. The PET survey for Belagavi Kolhapur Rail Link is a mandatory prerequisite before the department can give the green light for the construction of any new railway line.
The comprehensive survey will gather details about the project, including challenges in construction, anticipated traffic usage, and potential technical issues. Satellite technology will be employed to collect data, and the findings will be compiled into detailed reports. To ensure the survey’s effectiveness, the Railway Department will engage an experienced agency specializing in such surveys.
Upon completion of the survey, the department will carefully evaluate the viability of the Dharwad-Kolhapur railway line, considering factors such as technical feasibility and financial benefits. The proposed rail link, spanning 200 km, is anticipated to play a pivotal role in boosting industrial growth in the region.
Currently, there is no direct train service between Belagavi and Dharwad, and the delay in the commencement of the Vande Bharat train service between Bangalore and Belagavi has been noted. The new Belagavi-Kolhapur route is expected to fill this connectivity gap, providing a direct rail link and fostering industrial development in the region.
As the survey progresses, stakeholders eagerly await the detailed report, which will guide the next steps in the ambitious rail project, bringing enhanced connectivity and economic growth to the Belagavi district.
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